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Emergency Preparedness

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the WorstEmergency planning is everyone’s responsibility. While the City of Golden is prepared to deal with emergency situations, citizens can and should take personal responsibility for themselves, their families and even for helping their neighbors.
Emergency NotificationsAn excellent first step to being prepared is to register your phone to receive LookoutAlert Emergency Notifications from the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority.
Make a PlanNo one knows when disaster may strike. Your family may not be together, so it is important to know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.

Learn how to create a family emergency plan, and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do if an emergency happens.
Severe Weather Watches and WarningsSevere weather conditions may occur at any time, in any season, leading to the issuance of watches, warnings, or advisories by local National Weather Forecast offices.

Familiarize yourself with the weather watch, warning and advisory definitions so you know what to expect and can be prepared when weather alerts are issued.
Emergency Operations PlanIn compliance with state law, Golden has developed a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan. This plan details the protocols and procedures our local government and supporting agencies will follow in response to emergencies and disasters.

At the heart of our strategy is the incident command system, a field management approach that scales efficiently as incidents grow in complexity. For larger-scale emergencies, our Emergency Operations Plan is activated, ensuring a coordinated and effective response.

This critical plan is the result of extensive collaboration between key local and regional partners, including the City of Golden Management Team, the Colorado School of Mines, Jefferson County Emergency Management, the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and others in our community.

We're committed to keeping our plan up-to-date, reviewing, and refining it annually to address the evolving needs of our community and to stay ahead of emergency management practices. Through thorough training, resource allocation, and continuous review, we ensure that our city officials are well-prepared to protect the lives and property of Golden's residents in any situation.
Community Wildfire Protection PlanThe Community Wildfire Protection Plan (link to plan) identifies fire risks facing the community, and outlines actions to mitigate those risks and prepare for community evacuation in the event of a wildfire. 

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan focuses on three key strategies to keep the City of Golden safe from wildfire:

  • Mitigation: Taking measures to minimize risk of structure ignition through home features, landscaping design, outdoor storage practices and vegetation maintenance on one’s property.
  • Notification:  Educating community members to help ensure they are signed up for LookoutAlert Emergency Notifications ensuring that it is activated in a timely manner.
  • Evacuation:  Building coordinated neighborhood plans to evacuate community members in an orderly fashion in the event of a wildfire and educating members of the public about those plans.
Homes located on the edges of Golden in the “wildland urban interface” must be especially vigilant and take steps to mitigate fire risk. But lessons of the past teach us that wildfires are hard to predict. Reducing wildfire risk requires coordination and the cooperation of everyone in the community. 
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