Crawford adopts mitigation plan

By Randy Sunderland

During its regular meeting on Jan. 9, Delta County emergency manager Chris Stewart talked with the Crawford Board of Trustees about the multijurisdictional hazard mitigation plan and the town's resolution to adopt the plan. His brief presentation identified the potential hazards the Town of Crawford should consider, and how it could reduce and deal with these risks. The plan is a crucial element for any funding requests for federal grants through FEMA or the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

According to Stewart, the portion specific to Crawford focused on three risks -- wildfire, flooding and drought. The plan contains short-term and long-term projects to mitigate or reduce the risk to residents from these potential hazards.

Those wanting to take a detailed look at the plan, it is available online at

The trustees unanimously approved Resolution 2019-1 to adopt the Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Also making a presentation to the trustees was Nancy Hovde with HopeWest, a non-profit organization providing hospice care and grief counseling to residents on the Western Slope, including Delta County. She explained their services go beyond helping the elderly and their families -- she cited an example of a seven-year-old in her neighborhood in Cedaredge who was under hospice care. HopeWest also has programming to help children deal with the emotional grief of loss.

According to Hovde, people do not realize that patients under hospice care actually live 21 days longer, and in more comfort, than those not under hospice care.

The next meeting of the Crawford Board of Trustees will by Wednesday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7 p.m. at Crawford Town Hall.