The Forest Health Task Force, a group of citizens, forest managers, firefighters, public officials and representatives of outdoor organizations, has set up a great series of FREE evening informational meetings aimed at Summit County residents. The topics span the gamut from forest conditions and creating defensible space around your homes to what normal people can do to prepare in the event of a wildfire here.
Photo credit: Bob Berwyn, Summit County Citizens Voice
The first meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Frisco Community Center at 3rd Avenue and Granite Street.
PRESENTER: Joel Cochran, Summit County Emergency Management Director, has a wide range of experience in emergency management planning at the state and county level. Joel has lived and worked in Summit County in public safety and emergency management positions for nearly 30 years. Joel is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers and holds a graduate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Criminal Justice. Cochran will educate homeowners about how to prepare themselves and their families, their animals and prized possessions, their home and property. Emergency preparedness checklists will be on hand.
Topics covered will include:
- Receiving emergency notifications
- Evacuation procedures
- Having a mindset to save your life even if that means losing your property
- Adequate homeowners insurance
- The impact of changed forest conditions on future fire risk and intensity
- How future wildfire conditions might change emergency preparedness
May 15th – Where to Build, Buy, and Live
June 19th (tentative date) – Preparing Essential Infrastructure and Services July 17th (tentative date) – After the Fire – Implications of a Radically Changed Environment
August 21st (tentative date) – Real Life Homeowner Wildfire Experiences