Seven Simple Steps to Prepare for An Emergency
|Step One: Develop, discuss and practice your family emergency action plan.|
|Step Two: Pre-pack “go-kits” for your home and car. |
|Step Three: Sign up for emergency notifications.|
|Step Four: Add your personal information and medical details to help first responders.|
Step Five: Follow official sources to receive the up-to-date and accurate information.
In Broomfield these include:
|Step Six: Be ready to volunteer.|
|Step Seven: Bookmark Broomfield.org/Emergency.|
Protect Your Property
- Maintain landscaping.
By keeping your lawn, shrubbery and other plants tidy and trim, you reduce the risk of incidental fire.
- Adhere to Burn Bans on Red Flag Warning Days.
Look to Broomfield.org and our social media channels for information on these warnings.
- Clean roofs, gutters, window wells and exterior vents.
Cleaning these areas of dead leaves, debris and pine needles helps prevent fire from finding fuel against your home.
- Replace or repair:
- any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles
- damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows
- Any flammable material away from wall exteriors - mulch, flammable plants, leaves and pine needles, firewood piles, etc.
- Anything stored underneath decks or porches
- Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh.
This prevents debris and combustible materials from accumulating. Install ⅛-inch metal mesh screening on vents.
- Visit FIREWISE USA for more information.
Responding to Risks
While personal property protections are the best defense, North Metro Fire Rescue District (NMFRD) and the City and County of Broomfield CCOB have identified various protection measures for fire mitigation with a Wildland Risk Assessment to comprehensively assess overall risk in the area and provide in-depth surveys of higher risk areas.
This data drove decisions to enhance the following and more:
- Expanding mowing of up to a 30- to 50-foot mowing band on western facing open lands once per year after the growing season, as well as continuous 15-foot mowing bands along fence lines, sidewalks and trails.
- Strategically staging fire engines, wildland trucks, and essential tools to deploy and respond quickly.
- Expanding specialized wildland team, while also enhancing wildland-specific education, training, and certifications for all new recruits and current crews.
- Continuing regional agency collaboration with multi-agency training, standard operating procedures, and shared technology to streamline communication and mobilization of additional resources.
- Expanding Emergency Management Office to better resource, respond, and create redundancies.