PREPARE FOR WHAT'S NEXT
The story of the 2014 and 2015 wildfires and floods is one of devastation and difficulty—and also of hope, cooperation and love. In July of 2014, the Carlton Complex Fire devastated 293 homes. In 2015, the Okanogan Complex Fire, the largest wildfire complex in Washington's history, burned 45 primary residences, 49 cabins and 60 outbuildings. Most tragic, however, was the loss of life of three fire fighters, and the serious injury of one.
In 2014, even as fires still raged on our hillsides, several groups of community leaders came together to start a conversation: How will we recover? How will we prepare for the next crisis?
These groups quickly evolved to become Methow Valley Long Term Recovery, and Pateros Brewster Long Term Recovery. Since their formation, these groups have collectively spent thousands of hours learning about the impacts of the disasters, securing resources to help our communities, and sketching a roadmap to recovery. A county-wide group, the Okanogan Complex Long Term Recovery Group, with representatives from throughout the region formed to work on recovery efforts across the county.
The fires and floods dramatically affected people, land and livelihoods. But our communities have stood strong and united to focus on recovery, and to prepare for future events.
The MethowReady campaign is one of the ways that the Methow Valley has focused efforts on the future—making sure that when disaster strikes, our community will be better prepared.
Available & Affordable Housing
Since organizing in July of 2014, Methow Valley Long Term Recovery (MVLTR) has identified the issue of housing availability and affordability as an important factor underlying the community’s ability to respond and recover from a disaster, and a central tenant of long-term community resilience, vitality and economic viability.
As such, the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Board of Directors, a diverse group community and business leaders, has prioritized housing as an area of strategic focus and is seeking a consultant team to conduct an assessment of the housing market and develop an action plan in response to those needs.
MVLTR: A Story of Recovery
Agriculture and Land
Economic and Business
A project of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery
Methow Valley Long Term Recovery
Mission:to collaborate in ensuring that the diverse disaster recovery needs of our community are fully met following the historic wildfire and flooding events of 2014 while also planning efficiently for strategic investments and actions required to ensure that the Methow Valley is better prepared for future disasters.
We are dedicated to: