Preparing for the Worst: Eagle County Emergency Preparation

Preparing for the Worst: Eagle County Emergency Preparation

Event date: October 7

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Webinar Format

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 park land. First responder jurisdictions include five fire districts, five police districts, one sheriff’s department, two EMS districts, and two 911 districts. 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?


  • Jon Stavney, Executive Director of Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) will be the moderator
  • Sheriff Van Beek, Eagle County
  • Steve Vardaman, Operations Manager, Eagle County Paramedic Services
  • Chief Karl Bauer, Eagle River Fire Protection District
  • Birch Barron, Director of Emergency Management, Eagle County

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