Day Four - Colorado Integrated Emergency Management Course
What... happens... now? Short-Term Recovery. In Colorado, recovery for an event of this magnitude requires the intimate cooperation and organization of emergency response, public, volunteer/nonprofit and private sector partners. This was the purpose of today's State-level Integrated Emergency Management Course table-top exercise. We assembled, in the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), local, state, federal representatives from each of these groups for a discussion of how we collectively approach and tackle the recovery task. If you are interested in the details of the current State Emergency Operations Plan, you can read the existing version online. We are involved, currently, in a major update to this operations plan and this exercise, both the response and recovery modules, are a critical part of evaluating the plan and additional items that plan should address.
In particular, we addressed the challenges of transportation, communication, life-safety messages, public utilities, sheltering and housing, and basic needs assistance. Organized into our State Recovery Task Force and the respective Emergency Support Functions of the State's Emergency Operations Center, we engaged in a structured and detailed evaluation of the short and longer-term challenges and missions for each of the challenges.
State Emergency Operations Plan. In particular, at the conclusion of today's activities, the Emergency Management Institute team provided participants with the a suite of electronic materials. In the coming weeks, I will be going through these materials and documents and making select documents available.
Specifically, our goal here at the Division is to expand upon this experience at the State-level and develop a training and exercise program that could be implemented in Colorado at the local and municipal level, organized and hosted by the State's Division of Emergency Management. The concept, still in its infancy, is that we would bring state-level EOC teams comprised of various State-level Emergency Support Function representatives to host a two-day course for local emergency operations centers. Conceptually, the first day would be a review and training class with the second day a functional exercise. There will be more on this to come, too!