Speaking Locally 2021

Preparing for the Worst: Eagle County Emergency Preparation

Thu Oct 7, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A pandemic that has raged for more than a year, annual wildland fires that are the new normal, and mudslides throughout the valley and in neighboring counties are a few of the emergency events Eagle County has confronted recently. Disasters are worse-case scenarios that no one wants to think about. However, an effectively run community must include people who think about and plan for the unthinkable–such as fires, disease, flooding, and mass casualty events.

Covering 1,700 square miles, Eagle County contains Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Resorts, agricultural land, and a vast swath of federal and state forest and parkland. First responder jurisdictions include five fire districts, five police districts, one sheriff’s department, two 911 districts and an EMS district. Combined with a population of roughly 54,000, Eagle County has numerous and diverse emergency management challenges.

Join the Vail Symposium and Vail Valley Partnership for a webinar with key contributors to Eagle County’s emergency planning and response. This panel discussion seeks to understand how much joint preparation takes place between local agencies and who takes lead. What disasters do local agencies prepare for? What are the county’s primary vulnerabilities? And what can county residents do to prepare for the worst?

Presented in collaboration with the Vail Valley Partnership

Event SPEAKER(S)

Birch Barron

Birch Barron

Emergency Manager

Eagle County

Karl Bauer

Karl Bauer

General Manager and Fire Chief

Eagle River Fire District

James Van Beek

James Van Beek

Sheriff

Eagle County

Steve Vardaman

Steve Vardaman

Operations Manager

Eagle County Paramedic Services

Jon Stavney

Jon Stavney

Executive Director

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments