DHSEM Position Announcement: Mitigation and Recovery Disaster Finance Specialist

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has reposted a position announcement for a Mitigation and Recovery Disaster Finance Specialist.  The position closes at 5 p.m. on November 3. 

View the position announcement at http://bit.ly/1FsPupL

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses: Deadline is June 15, 2015

News Release from Small Business Adminstration
Small, nonfarm businesses in the Colorado counties of Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero and Pueblo are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the hailstorm that occurred on July 16, 2014, in Otero County, announced Tanya N. Garfield, Director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center ‑ West.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on October 15, 2014.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) about the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailingdisastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster

The deadline to apply for these loans is June 15, 2015.

Colorado Daily Status Report October 20, 2014

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State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Status
Duty Officer: (303) 472-4046
Emergency Operations Center (SEOC): Day to Day

Current Disasters/Large Incidents
Mesa County – West Salt Creek Landslide
Date of Incident:
Saturday, May 25
Collbran, Colorado
Area Impacted:
4 miles long, 2 miles wide and up to 250 feet deep.
Information Sources:
USGS, Colorado Geological Survey, and DHSEM Regional Field Manager providing direct technical support, continued monitoring and coordination of resources.

Colorado Winter Weather Awareness Week

Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed the week of October 19 – 25, 2015 as Winter Weather Awareness Week in Colorado. This is an excellent time for all individuals, families, businesses, schools and media outlets to review their winter storm preparedness plans. It is especially important for all new arrivals to the state to become familiar with the National Weather Service watch and warning definitions as well as winter safety procedures. 

Snow in Colorado is important to the farmers, the ski areas and for filling up reservoirs. However, winter storms often bring heavy snow, bitterly cold temperatures, high winds, low visibilities and slick roads. This can lead to dangerous travel conditions and other life threatening situations such as avalanches and very frigid wind chill temperatures. 

To help you prepare for these hazards this coming winter the National Weather Service will issue statements throughout the week to discuss:
  • Monday:     Winter Travel Safety
  • Tuesday:    Watches, Warnings and Advisories
  • Wednesday: High Winds
  • Thursday:  Wind Chill Temperatures and Hypothermia
  • Friday:     Avalanche Safety
  • Saturday:   Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Review

Anyone who needs information on winter storms in Colorado should contact their nearest National Weather Service office.
  • Boulder Office:               303-494-3210
  • Grand Junction Office: 970-243-7007
  • Goodland Kansas Office:       785-899-7119
  • Pueblo Office:                If you live near Pueblo call 719-948-3371. If you live near Colorado Springs call 719-573-6846. If you live near Alamosa call 719-589-3232. 
Each day Winter Weather Awareness Week blogs will be posted to our READYColorado.com website and posted to our READYColorado Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Blog written by Jim Pringle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Grand Junction.

DHSEM Position Announcement: Disaster Case Management Administrative Assistant

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is seeking a Disaster Case Management Administrative Assistant. The announcement will close when the first 75 applications are received OR on October 23, 5:00 p.m. whichever is earlier.