Resilient St. Vrain
Resiliencia Para Todos / Resiliency for All has completed its Report to the Community and created a video identifying the barriers to resiliency that exist in Longmont.
The concept of resilience has become popular recently, and definitions for the term vary. However, the concept incorporates the recognition that disasters or other impactful events--such as the September 2013 flooding in Longmont--will happen, and that how communities prepare for and react to those events can make a difference. The ability to react to and incorporate ways to more easily bounce back from the next time something bad happens is a critical component of resilience.
Preparation for a future event, such as flooding, can include preparing and protecting people, property and the environment, as well as creating plans that can be implemented at the first sign of a disaster event.
- Know how to stay connected in case of emergencies like flooding with Flood Preparedness & Safety tips from Longmont's Office of Emergency Management.
- Prepare for threats from flooding with recommendations from FEMA Region VIII, which includes Colorado.
- Explore getting involved with Longmont CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, which helps you prepare yourself, your family, and your neighbors in case of an emergency.
- Attend a class offered by BeReady Longmont or invite this outreach program to present to your community group, neighborhood or workplace.
- Consider purchasing and maintaining flood insurance for your property, which can be an important component of your preparedness plan.
- Learn about why work on the Resilient St. Vrain flood mitigation project is being built to safely convey up to 100-year flood flows.
These organizations focus on building resilience on the local, state and national level. Follow the links below to visit their websites and learn ways to get involved or apply resilience concepts.
BoCo Strong was created with the purpose of building a culture of resilience throughout Boulder County. It formed in the wake of the 2013 flood. Its community-powered resilience network strives to be inclusive and work all across the county for continued resilience, not just after a disaster.
Resiliencia para Todos / Resiliency for All
Resiliencia para Todos / Resiliency for All (RFA) is a City of Longmont collaboration with local municipalities and BoCo Strong. The project comes in the aftermath of the 2013 flooding throughout Boulder County. RFA works to identify barriers and create a bridge between a vulnerable Latino population, community resources, and local governments. Learn about the group's work and view a timeline of its activities (PDF).
Boulder County Collaborative
The City of Longmont is the lead agency for the Boulder County Collaborative, a group of local municipal and county governments that formed in response to the 2013 floods to decide together where to strategically direct federal CDBG disaster recovery funds to best address the greatest and most pressing housing and infrastructure needs. The Collaborative created the Resilient Design Performance Standard for Infrastructure and Dependent Facilities to guide the design and implementation of recovery projects in the region. This standard leverages every capital project as an opportunity to incrementally move Boulder County toward a more resilient future.
Foothills United Way
The goal of Foothills United Way is to build a more resilient community by connecting strong resources with each other and developing a system that responds to community shocks and stressors effectively and efficiently.
St. Vrain Creek Coalition
St. Vrain Creek Coalition works to implement to the St. Vrain Creek Master Plan and pursue recovery from flood impacts, resiliency to natural hazards, and protection of the watershed.
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group serves the community by monitoring, protecting and restoring the Left Hand Creek Watershed.
Colorado United is the official State of Colorado website for resiliency and recovery information and resources.
- The Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Collaborative is a statewide group of communities, counties and partners working to share lessons learned from recent floods and fires and to find ways to improve disaster response and preparedness throughout the state.
- Longmont's Spring Creek Apartments are highlighted beginning on page 21 of the Colorado Resiliency Framework 2016 Annual Plan.
- The online map book, 2013 Colorado Flood Recovery: Three Years of Progress, provides a statewide look at damage and recovery from the flood.
Community & Regional Resilience Institute
The goal of the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) is to strengthen any community or region’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from significant human caused or natural disaster with minimal downtime for the community. Read CARRI's report on Community Resilience.