Time sensitive – Request for help with promoting resident and partner participation in County surveys

Dear Partners in and Supporters of Health and Housing Needs in Jefferson County:

We are seeking your assistance with getting word out to as many Jeffco residents as possible about two very important surveys to guide prevention and COVID recovery work in our communities.

Input is being sought from Jefferson County residents through two on-line surveys that will support funding and programming decisions to address a wide variety of needs in our communities.  Participation in these surveys is open through July 28th, 2021.

Please share this information out via emails, newsletters, social media, etc., to anyone living in Jefferson County:

Community Needs Survey – will help the county prioritize use of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to address recovery from the pandemic, specifically for community members who’ve been hit the hardest. The survey is available in English and Spanish at this site:   www.jeffcocovidsurvey.com

Community Health and Wellbeing Survey – focuses on public health prevention services and policies that will help reduce the burden of substance use/abuse, food insecurity, community connectedness and other priority public health concerns that may have been impacted by COVID-19. The results from this survey will help shape Jefferson County Public Health’s future programming and community health policy efforts:

Community Health/Wellbeing Survey in English 

Community Health/Wellbeing Survey in Spanish

In addition to the language, above, which you can copy and use in an email to your networks, and to support your sharing efforts, we have created a suite of materials for social media posts which are attached to this email (sample messages for posting, as well as images).  We also have posters available in Spanish and English with QR codes linking to the two surveys that you may print and post in your agency waiting areas.

Finally, you’ll find a news release linked here which you can share with your networks as well.

Results from the surveys are expected late summer, 2021. If you your org/group is interested in accessing these survey results or has questions, please contact Donna Viverette at dviveret@jeffco.us.

Thank you for your support of community health, wellbeing and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Jefferson County!

Tracy R. Volkman, BS, REHS

Senior Environmental Health Specialist

Jefferson County Public Health

645 Parfet St., Lakewood, CO 80215

o 303-271-5763, tvolkman@jeffco.us( I am out of the office on Fridays. My working hours are Monday-Thursday 6:00 AM-4:30 PM.  Thank you.)

Find us on the web: http://jeffco.us/public-health/

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Survey Co-Promotion Posters_7.7.2021 – English

Survey Co-Promotion Posters_7.13.2021 – Spanish


Jeffco Slash Collection Calendar

Sat Jun. 5 – Sun Jun. 6

SLASH Collection: June 5-6 @ Coal Creek Fire Department Station 2

Sat Jun. 12 – Sun Jun. 13

SLASH Collection: June 12-13 @ Evergreen High School

Sat Jun. 19 – Sun Jun. 20

SLASH Collection: June 19-20 @ Conifer High School

Sat Jun. 26 – Sun Jun. 27

SLASH Collection: June 26-27 @ Blue Mountain Open Space

Sat Jul. 3 – Sun Jul. 4

SLASH Collection: July 3-4 @ Settlers Drive Property

Sat Jul. 10 – Sun Jul. 11

SLASH Collection: July 10-11 @ West Jefferson Middle School

Sat Jul. 17 – Sun Jul. 18

SLASH Collection: July 17-18 @ Jeffco Evergreen Road & Bridge Shop

Sat Jul. 24 – Sun Jul. 25

SLASH Collection: July 24-25 @ Beaver Ranch Park

Sat Jul. 31 – Sun Aug. 1

SLASH Collection: July 31-August 1 @ Golden Gate Grange

Sat Aug. 7 – Sun Aug. 8

SLASH Collection: August 7-8 @ Jeffco Evergreen Road & Bridge Shop

Sat Aug. 14 – Sun Aug. 15

SLASH Collection: August 14-15 @ Jeffco Indian Hills Road & Bridge Shop

Sat Aug. 21 – Sun Aug. 22

SLASH Collection: August 21-22 @ Foothills Fire Department – Rainbow Hills Station

Sat Aug. 28 – Sun Aug. 29

SLASH Collection: August 28-29 @ Evergreen Fire District – Station 8

Sat Sep. 4 – Sun Sep. 5

SLASH Collection: September 4-5 @ Wagon Wheel Open Space

Sat Sep. 11 – Sun Sep. 12

SLASH Collection: September 11-12 @ Settlers Drive Property

Betcha Didn’t Know This!

As we approach our Wildfire Season, thoughts may be turning to “When a wildfire happens and we have to evacuate, how does this all work? Who’s in charge? When will we find out if we have to leave? What should I do if I get an evacuation call, and who will it come from?”

Alan Anderson, our Foothills Fire Protection District Fire Chief, offers this illuminating description of what, who, why, where, when and how…

Your fire district is not “responsible for emergency evacuation routes”. We certainly identify and educate the public on those routes, through social media, community events, and of course in our CWPP(Community Wildfire Protection Plan). However, it is the responsibility of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to facilitate evacuation of our community in the event of an emergency (including wildfires). The responsibility of actually evacuating, lies with each community member and visitor.

The best way that I explain this to community members is using the example that when there is a fire, the fire department is going towards the fire. We are responding to the actual incident and we are responsible for mitigating the hazard (putting the fire out). We do not stop to direct traffic or close roads and point people in the direction of safety. This is all facilitated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In an actual emergency situation, they will use their deputies, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol, and any other local resource to make this happen.

When we had the Bald Mt. Fire behind Mt. Vernon in September of 2019. We sent all of our apparatus, paid staff, and volunteers into the forest to fight the fire. Myself and Chief Vaughn [sic] created a command post at Ralston Elementary parking lot. This command post was initially created by combining Foothills Fire senior leadership and the senior on duty officer with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (usually a Commander). We convened at the back of the Sheriff’s car and on a computer, we identified which way the fire was going based on our crews at the fire. Fire then tells the Sheriff’s Dept. what areas of our community to begin either evacuating or pre-evacuating. These areas are determined through defined polygons that Jefferson County has built into their computer system. Residents and visitors are notified through cell phone notifications and notification systems such as CODE RED.

I hope this offers you a better understanding of how it works and who is responsible for various tasks. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with further questions.

With kind regards,

Alan Anderson, Fire Chief, Foothills Fire Protection District

28812 Rainbow Hill Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439



Office – 303-526-0707, Cell – 720-775-8765

Wildfire Preparedness Digital Resources

It’s never too early to start preparing for the wildfire season that will soon be upon us. As I sit in my kitchen, looking out at the March snows coating the yard, I recall that just last month we had 4 wildfires in the Front Range.

So let’s get busy and get ready, because it’s coming.

Many thanks to Cindy Latham, Chair of Rotary Wildfire Ready, who forwarded these resources to us. It is with her permission that we are posting these.  Ready Set Go, Wildfire Action GuideRead Ready, Set, Go! The Wildfire Action Guide online. Download PDF here.

Read the Home Assessment Checklist online. Download PDF here.

Read Harden Your Home online. Download PDF here.

 Read Defensible Space online. Download PDF here.

Read Emergency Go Bag online. Download PDF here.

To read all of the brochures online, go to https://simplebooklet.com/rotarywildfirereadybepreparedforwildfire.

Colorado Home Insurance Checkup: Questions to Ask Your Agent/Broker – download here.

Preparedness Tips from the Trenches: United Policyholders – download here.

You can get more information at rotarywildfireready.com, or contact Cindy directly at rotarywildfireready@gmail.com.


Quarterly Meeting Minutes

CARE Upcoming 2021 Meeting Dates (via Zoom)
Wednesdays at 7PM Tentative, contact Secretary@CAREjeffco.org for a meeting link 24 hours prior to:

                  • Wednesday Oct 20

Quarterly Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2021 (draft)

April 21, 2021

January 20, 2021

October 29, 2020

July 15, 2020

April 15, 2020

January 15, 2020 (draft)

October 16, 2019

July 17,2019

January 16, 2019

September 5, 2018

June 05, 2018

March 01, 2018

Previous meeting minutes may be available, email the Webmaster for more information.

C.A.R.E.’s Future Direction, Call For Nominations

In two weeks we’ll be deciding the future of C.A.R.E. In years past, C.A.R.E. has done so much for our community since its inception in 1987, when it was formed to “…preserve and enhance the community and environment, to promote awareness, and provide a forum for community deliberation…” for the citizens who live in the I-70 corridor of the Foothills west of Denver.

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CARE all-delegate meeting June 16, 2015


In a little over a month all delegates will be meeting to determine the direction of C.A.R.E. for the next year.

As read in the Bylaws (see below), January is when we are supposed to have our annual all-delegate meeting and when we elect new officers for the upcoming year. But so much happens in January, with Holiday travel and weather events, and as a result the annual meetings have shifted from January to June — and this June we’ll be electing a new slate of officers.

The decision-making body of CARE is comprised of delegates from each of the member associations and groups that are within the CARE area. From this body of delegates CARE officers are elected for 1-year terms.

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Activation Ministry Wins Long Legal Battle

Activation Ministry

Canyon Courier, Wednesday May 6th, 2015: Lookout Mountain church wins long legal battle: Way is clear for Gateway on Mount Zion to expand when the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal.

At some time in the recent past, Activation Ministry changed their name to Gateway on Mount Zion…