Did you know that our Congressman Joe Neguse is the Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands in Washington, D.C.? Congressman Neguse has made tackling western wildfires a key component of his “Restoring Our Lands and Communities” Agenda.
Congressman Neguse’s proposal to launch a reimagined 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps would make historic investments in wildfire suppression, mitigation, resilience and response. Earlier this year, Neguse launched the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus to elevate conversations around this issue in Congress. He is leading the Wildfire Recovery Act and Climate Resilient Communities Act, legislation to help communities build back better in the wake of wildfires and flooding.
So, what is he doing right here in Colorado?
As you know, in 2020 as Colorado experienced a record wildfire season, Congressman Neguse worked in close coordination with local firefighters and emergency management officials to ensure that communities in the 2nd Congressional District had the federal funds they needed to contain these wildfires and recover. He helped secure FEMA funds for containment efforts of the Calwood, East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires. In January, Congressman Neguse helped secure a disaster declaration designation for Colorado’s wildfires to bring in more resources for the state.
And, incidentally, in April 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified, Congressman Neguse was successful in ensuring firefighters and first responders be given priority for COVID-19 tests.
A month ago, Congressman Neguse released his 2021 Wildfire Resource Guide to share resources, instructions and information with Coloradans as they prepare for this year’s wildfire season. Congressman Neguse published a similar guide in October 2020, as multiple record-setting wildfires burned across his district.
The Guide includes information on
==how to prepare for evacuation,
==where to find local resources and
==how to replace federal documents if lost and more.
CLICK HERE To Download and read the 2021 WILDFIRE RESOURCE GUIDE.
NOTE: The Lyons Recorder will be publishing next month a guide to your home insurance policy, written by Steve Kleiner, who was a member of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce for many years, and has clients locally.