Work begins on Pitkin County Hazard Mitigation Plan update |

Work begins on Pitkin County Hazard Mitigation Plan update

Staff report

Pitkin County Emergency Management has started a five-year update of the Pitkin County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The update is a multi-jurisdictional effort with Aspen, Basalt and Snowmass Village, along with all public-safety agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The plan is designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Among the potential hazards the plan addresses are climate change, wildfire, winter storms, land and rock slides, as well as seasonal flash-flooding, according to a statement from Pitkin County.

“We have to be prepared in the event of emergencies like these,” said Valerie MacDonald, Pitkin County’s emergency manager. “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.”

A kick-off meeting to discuss the process is set 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Aspen Fire Station. Residents are encouraged to attend and offer input and feedback throughout the updating process. A second workshop is planned for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Pitkin County Library.

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