Black Forest Together announces today the creation of The Phoenix Program. The Phoenix Program is a “turn key” consultative and funding model that provides recovery plans for communities in natural disaster recovery mode. This plug-and-play program includes organizational structure, policies, procedures, and job descriptions intended to accelerate sustainable recovery activities and assist transition into self-sustaining long-term operations.
This program arrives in a timely fashion as Colorado experiences the worst wildfire season to date. For months, Colorado communities have been fighting wildfires, the most prominent of which include the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, and Pine Gulch fires. Many residents have been coping with uncertainty as voluntary and mandatory evacuations are ordered and altering daily. Sadly, these fires have been mercilessly burning homes and acres upon acres of land. As of today, more than 624,000 acres have been scorched, along with upwards of 550 structures, surpassing the Hayman Fire, which was previously the largest wildfire in Colorado history.
Black Forest Together is no stranger to the destruction caused by wildfires. The organization was forged in the crucible of the 2013 Black Forest Fire, one of the costliest fires in Colorado history, which consumed nearly 15,000 acres and destroyed approximately 500 homes. Formed by residents intent on providing community leadership and organization for disaster recovery due to this fire, Black Forest Together developed a sustainable plan to disaster recovery, and with the strength of the community, helped Black Forest recover, rebuild, and restore.
Now, it is with 7 years of experience, that Black Forest Together would like to extend these streamlined recovery processes to other suffering communities.