Coloradans are familiar with the threats and impacts of natural disasters, including droughts, wildfires, floods, and tornadoes. In the past decade, Colorado experienced a flood in 2013 that resulted in nearly $4 billion in damages; wildfires in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2018 that destroyed over 1,250 homes; a tornado that left a scar through multiple communities in 2008; and many others. While these natural hazards have and will continue to impact Colorado communities, they ultimately push our state toward more thoughtful, resilient management plans.
The Colorado Resiliency Framework (2015) defines the structure through which the State will support local agencies and community groups on their path toward resiliency. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) works closely with the Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO) and the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) to plan for, respond to, and rebuild from natural hazard events.