Jefferson County Emergency Preparedness Guide

This emergency preparedness guide is designed to provide practical information on how you and your family can prepare for most disasters that could occur in our community. It includes up-to-date, hazard-specific safety tips and information about preparedness, mitigation and prevention. We all have a personal responsibility to be ready for emergencies. By utilizing the information found in this guide you can take the first steps to ensure you and your family are ready should the unexpected happen.

Wildland Fire Action Guide

Your Personal Wildland Fire Acton Guide: Ready, Set, Go was prepared by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and other agencies, is focused on how to prepare for and respond in the event of a wildfire.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a strategic plan that identifies specific wildland fire hazards and risks facing communities and neighborhoods, and provides prioritized mitigation recommendations that are designed to reduce those hazards and risks. An updated CWPP for the Genesee Fire Protection District (which includes, but is not limited to Genesee Foundation) will be available in early 2021.  CWPPs, including the previous version completed in 2009, provide the scientific justification for wildfire risk reduction activities undertaken by the Genesee Foundation Board and staff.

Creating Defensible Space Around your Home

Defensible space is the natural and landscaped area around a home or other structure that has been modified to reduce fire hazard. Defensible space gives your home a fighting chance against an approaching wildfire not only because it reduces the likelihood of a home ignition, but also because it creates an environment in which firefighters can more safely defend your home. Defensible space is sometimes a requirement for getting or maintaining homeowner’s insurance in Genesee. This document from the Colorado State Forest Service provides specific guidelines and rationale for creating defensible space.

Lessons Learned from Colorado Wildfires

In June 2012 there were two large fires in the Colorado Springs area, the Waldo Canyon fire and the Black Forest fire. Both fires occurred in communities like Genesee that were built in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). As in Genesee, the Colorado Springs fire department had undertaken an extensive public education program to teach residents how to maximize the chances that their home could be saved in the event of a wildfire. Fire Adapted Communities Mitigation Assessment Team Findings: Lessons Learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire assesses the influence of a number of factors on wildfire risk including construction materials, windows, routine property maintenance and mitigation efforts.

Watch a video from the Black Forest fire illustrating how defensible space allows fire fighters to defend a home from an approaching wildfire.

Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force Report

This 2013 report was commissioned by Colorado’s governor following the devastating fires of 2012 to “identify and reach agreement on ways to encourage activities, practices and policies that would reduce the risk of loss in the wildland-urban interface areas, and provide greater customer choice and knowledge of insurance options.”


Wildfire Wednesdays: October 2020 Webinars by the Colorado State University Extension

  • Fire Ecology and Behavior.  Tony Cheng PhD, Professor, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University and Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. (1 hour 12 minutes)
  • Defensible Space and Home Hardening.  Daniel Beveridge, Wildfire Mitigation Program Specialist, Colorado State Forest Service. (1 hour 13 minutes)
  • Fire Resistant Landscaping.  Irene Shonle PhD, Horticulture Associate, Colorado State University Extension – El Paso County. (1 hour 16 minutes)
  • Evacuation Preparedness and Animal Evacuation.  Ragan Adams DVM, Coordinator, Veterinary Extension Specialist Group College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University.  Sharon Bokan, Small Acreage Coordinator, Colorado State University Extension – Boulder County.  (1 hour 28 minutes)

United Policyholders, a non-profit consumer organization, has an informative 52 minute video from 2020, Tips from the Trenches: Does Your Safety Net have Holes? It will guide you on how to read your policy and assess whether your coverage is appropriate.