Colorado Emergency Management Academy - Program/Registration Announcement

The Department of Local Affairs, Division of Emergency Management (DEM), in conjunction with the Colorado Emergency Management Association (CEMA), is conducting an Emergency Management - Basic Academy Program (hereinafter referred to as the EM Basic Academy). The first group is scheduled to begin coursework in October 2010 and will end with the academy in July 2011. The following courses are included in this program:
  • IS 703a – NIMS Resource Management
  • WebEOC Operations
  • G318 – Mitigation Planning Workshop for Local Gov’t
  • IS 271 – Anticipating Weather and Comm. Risk
  • G-250.7 – Rapid Assessment Workshop
  • EOP Development
  • G-358 – Evacuation and Re-entry Planning
  • G-191 – ICS/EOC Interface (Colorado Process)
  • G-270.4 Recovery from Disaster – the Local Gov’t Role
  • Damage Assessment / Situation Assessment
  • G-775 – EOC Operations (CO Specific)
  • Multiple Practical Exercises
The purpose of the EM Basic Academy is to provide the skills and knowledge required for new emergency managers to effectively manage a Type III Incident in their jurisdiction. 

Target Audience
The EM Basic Academy is intended for emergency managers who have been in their positions for less than 3 years and whose primary responsibilities are in emergency management. Applicants must commit to the entire series of courses and the 5-day Academy, as well as provide a letter indicating supervisor support for their time dedicated to the program. Applicants will also require a recommendation for attendance from their CDEM Field Manager. The 2010 group is limited to 30 people.

Application Procedures
Applications will be available for distribution in July 2010, and are due by August 10, 2010. Prerequisites for this academy include: FEMA Professional Development Series (series of 7 independent study courses), IS 700, IS-800, and IS-1. These courses can all be found at:

Program Fees and Tuition
The EM Basic Academy is free to those accepted to the program. Lodging will be provided by DEM for all resident courses for those who travel more than 50 miles, and course materials will be provided by DEM. Additionally, networking opportunities will be provided by CEMA at no cost to the group.

For questions regarding this program, please contact the local CDEM Field Managers listed below or the program manager, Lori Hodges, at

Field Manager Contacts
North Central Region - Lori Hodges -
South Central Region - Randy Kennedy -
Southwest/San Luis Valley Region(s) - Patricia Gavelda -
West Region - Steve Denny -
South/Southeast Region(s) - Chad Ray -
Northeast Region - Kevin Kuretich -
Northwest Region - Chuck Vale -