The mission of BoCo Strong is to coordinate a process of individual, business, neighborhood, community and countywide resilience that integrates action across Boulder County in ways which increase the effectiveness of our existing collective capacity of all sectors, respects the unique character of each town and city and leverages additional resources, participation and leadership.
BoCo Strong is a cross-county initiative to build on the lessons learned from recent flood and fire events to enhance county-wide resilience to respond effectively to future challenges. This initiative was launched nine months ago in the wake of the September 2013 Flood. Efforts so far have included a kickoff event March 13 at Xilinx, convened 22 resilience conversations with residents and organized successful one-year flood anniversary community building events. As its most recent step, BoCo Strong convened key representatives from all sectors across Boulder County to discuss the merits of forming a county-wide grassroots resilience initiative. This coalition will be applying for a grant from the state to begin building on the best practices learned from the 2013 Flood and the subsequent efforts that are in progress to reduce the impact of future shocks and stresses on individuals, families, neighborhoods, organizations, communities and the county as a whole.
BoCo Strong will be applying for a grant from the state to continue local resilience building.
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In order to apply for this grant, BoCo Strong has identified four main goals to work on for the purpose of increasing community strength:
1. Develop a robust local interface to effectively coordinate
voluntary organizations active in disasters.
2. Increase neighborhood capacity, preparedness and resilience.
3. Create a county-wide mechanism for inventorying and leveraging existing efforts and resources (local and external), capturing lessons learned, enhancing collaboration, celebrating successes, and measuring effectiveness.
4. Conduct a county-wide comprehensive vulnerability assessment, identify overall resilience strategies and map social vulnerability.
The first step has been identified as creating a local network of voluntary, non-governmental organizations
(VOAD) that are willing and able to provide response and relief in times of disaster and beyond.
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