Coloradans are no strangers to disasters. In recent years, wildfires and floods have impacted communities throughout the state to the tune of $5 billion in damages, more than 1,250 homes destroyed, andtragically10 lives lost.

Yet Colorado is not defined by its losses, but rather by its strength and determination to quickly recover and build back stronger.

By becoming more resilient, Coloradans are not just prepared to survive another major event, but are poised to adapt to ever-changing conditions and thrive.

The Understand section explores what resiliency is, and why it is critical for protecting what makes Colorado special: vibrant communities that support continued growth, recreation, beauty, and quality of life.