Reducing Risk is Goal of Updated Pre-Disaster Plan

(Aspen, CO) Local Emergency Management officials are updating a plan designed to “reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural and manmade hazards.” It is called the “Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan” and it’s updated by Pitkin County every five years. Among the potential hazards that the plan addresses are wildfire, winter storms, avalanche, land and rock slides as well as seasonal flash flooding. The update will assess natural and manmade hazards that pose the greatest risks to Pitkin County and its incorporated towns.

“We have to be prepared in the event of emergencies like these,” said Emergency Manager, Tom Grady. “We try to think through every possible emergency scenario, how we’ll respond to them and how we can avoid them altogether through proper risk assessment and pre-planning,” Grady said.

A kickoff meeting to discuss the process for updating Pitkin County’s All Hazards Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan is set for Thursday, June 23rd from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Aspen City Hall in Council Chambers. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and offer input and feedback throughout the updating process.

Pitkin County is required to have a pre-disaster mitigation plan pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and to achieve eligibility for FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant, Flood Mitigation Assistance, Repetitive Loss Claims and Severe Repetitive Loss programs. Pitkin County was awarded $60,000 in state planning grants to prepare the current plan update. For more information go to

Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2011