Course Announcement - ICS-400 - January 25-26, 2011 - Craig, CO

Moffat County will be hosting an ICS-400 Training Course on January 25-26, 2011, in Craig, Colorado.  The course is intended for command and supervisory personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System.  To register, go to and look for Course ID 1006001 and for questions, contact Robyn Knappe, DEM Training Officer at (720) 852-6617 or at

Course Announcement - ICS-300 - Feb 16-17, 2011 - Denver, CO

Denver-UASI will be hosting an ICS-300 Training on February 16-17, 2011 at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in Denver, CO.  Intended for Command or Upper Level Management from Fire, Emergency Medical, Law Enforcement, Public Works, Public Safety Communications, Emergency Management, Public Health, Health Care, Government Officials and Hazardous Material Technicians and will cover incident planning, objectives, forms, resource management, demobilization, command transfer and incident closeout. 

To register, contact Tom Witowski at (720) 865-7651 or at

Recovery from Disaster: The Local Government Role - Multiple Dates - Emmitsburg, MD

The National Emergency Training Center will be hosting two iterations of the E-210 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Government Role in Emmitsburg, MD, from February 14-17, 2011, and March 28-31, 2011.   What makes this course announcement unique is that the course was completely revised in 2010 and is designed for local disaster recovery teams consisting of emergency managers, city/county administrators, public works directors, building inspectors and community planners.

The course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of each team member and provides guidance on developing a local disaster recovery plan.  For more information, see the E-210 Recovery From Disaster:  The Local Government Role Course Flyer.  To register, contact Robyn Knappe, DEM Training Officer at

Shared Strategies for Homeland Security - Recap/Links

This past week, the  Denver Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) hosted the "Shared Strategies for Homeland Security" Conference.  The Conference drew in nearly 700 domestic and international subject matter experts from the first responder, medical/public health, private sector and citizen preparedness fields. We pitch in with the hosting effort and wrote a series of articles through the week on to help share the information from inside the Conference.  While we are in the process of uploading all the additional slides, videos and pulling together our notes for more articles, there were some articles posted as-it-happened that you might find interesting:

The Terrorism Threat:  Fact or Fiction?
Speaker:  Mike Walker, Chairman of the Board of Plexus Scientific Corporation and former Acting Secretary of the Army and Deputy Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Social Media and Public Warnings
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Mileti, Professor Emeritus and former Director, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado

Emergency Medical System and Pre-Hospital Response:  Israeli-Style
Speaker:  Uri Sacham, Director General's Head of Office, Magen David Adom

Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology - Innovation Efforts to Support Emergency Responders
Speaker:  Susan Law, Deputy Director, Interagency Programs, Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology

Media and Terror
Speaker:  Gil Kleiman, for Public Information Office with the Israeli National Police (2001-2004 during period of intense terror activity in Israel)

Resolve to be Ready
Speaker:  Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Israeli Healthcare System:  On Constant Alert
Speaker:  Dr. Daniel Laor, Director of Emergency and Disaster Management Division, Ministry of Health

Crisis Communications - Break-Out Session Exercise Re-Cap
Panelists: Dan Alexander, Director, Denver Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Matt Murray, Lieutenant, Denver Police Department; Charles Marrone, Program Manager, McMunn Associates and Holly Vaughn, Senior Associate, McMunn Associates

Lessons Learned from Disaster Interventions:  A Personal Perspective
Speaker:  Dr. Reuven Gal, Senior Research Fellow, Kinneret Institute for Social, Security and Peace Studies in Israel

Structuring the Administrative Side of a Hospital for Disaster
Speaker:  Dr. Charles Little, Medical Director, Emergency Preparedness, University Hospital and The Center for Integrated Disaster Health Preparedness

Sharing Strategies for Effective Collaboration
Speaker:  Dr. Michael Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Austin, TX, Response to a Deliberate Plane Crash into a Federal Building
Speaker:  Assistant Chief George Blackmoore, Special Operations and Homeland Security, Austin Fire Department

Denver Hosts International Conference on Homeland Security and Terrorism

More than 600 people from all over the country will gather in Denver next week for a first of its kind conference designed to improve safety and security. The Shared Strategies For Homeland Security conference, put on by the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative, with funding from FEMA/DHS, will integrate first responders, healthcare professionals, the business community and citizens with information, ideas and concepts from around the world that promote increased safety and security.

More than 70 presenters will address four main disciplines: business and critical infrastructure, community resiliency, first responder needs, and medical/health issues. Presentations include topics such as Terror Medicine, Cyber Security, Lessons from Israeli Bombing Investigations and Law Enforcement in a Terror Environment. Speakers come from all disciplines and will include Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator of FEMA as well as numerous security experts from Israel.

The goal is to engage a broad cross section of people throughout a community – from police and fire to business and citizens – in the discussion and planning of safety and security issues. Speaker information and the conference schedule is at:

Note:  During the Conference, the Division of Emergency Management and others will be posting updates on the Shared Strategies Blog and on Twitter using the #sshs tag.

2010 Incident Command System Forms

The Incident Command System is the backbone upon which all-hazards incident response by local, state and federal entities is accomplished.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a robust site that provides first responders, incident management teams and emergency managers with resources to support an efficient ICS operation including job aids, forms, position checklists and additional resources.

New, updated ICS 2010 Forms are now available online.  You can download/view the suite of forms online here.

ICS training is available from the State's Division of Emergency Management.  To see upcoming training opportunities, you can either visit the DEM Training Tab (top of this page) or also visit for a list of upcoming emergency management, homeland security and public health training events across the State.  For specific questions or to request training in your area/region, contact the State's Training Officer, Robyn Knappe at

Course Announcement - MGT317 Disaster Management for Public Services - 12/20-21 - Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University will be hosting a Disaster Management for Public Services Course (MGT317) in Fort Collins, December 20-21, 2010.  The course will be held at the Poudre Fire Authority Training Center at 3400 West Vine Drive in Fort Collins. 

The course brings together those public service personnel from within a jurisdiction who would be required to prevent, manage, or react to a natural, technological, or civil disaster within their community.  Topics to be covered in the course include an introduction to disasters, pre-incident phase, incident phase, post-incident phase and future direction and action plans.  The target audience for the course include law, fire, emergency medical services, public works, health, schools and government personnel and is provided at no cost to students.

For questions and to register, send an email with your name, agency, contact information and position to Mike Gavin (, Emergency Manager for the City of Fort Collins. 

Red Rocks Community College - Emergency Management and Planning Degree and Certificate Programs

Spring Semester Starts - January 18, 2011

Through Red Rocks Community College, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree or a Certificate in Emergency Management Planning.  Conveniently, all courses are offered ONLINE.  An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Management and Planning requires completion of 60 credit hours of courses, including 15 hours of General Education courses, 15 hours of Electives and 30 credit hours (ten courses) of core EMP courses.

Prospective students can apply to Red Rocks and register for classes totally ONLINE.  More detailed information about our program is available at  For more information, contact Ivo Roospold at (303) 914-6404 or at  You can also read more about the program and opportunities online at

Fort Collins Emergency Manager, Mike Gavin, Elected to be Next Region VIII Vice-President of IAEM

We got a very cool "heads up" we wanted to pass along regarding one of our local Emergency Managers in Fort Collins, Mike Gavin.  Our partners with the International Association of Emergency Managers have recently elected Mike to be the Vice-President of the International Association of Emergency Managers - Region VIII.  To read more about Mike's responsibilities and to learn more about the IAEM, visit IAEM's Region VIII website.  And, from all of us here at DEM, a hearty "Congratulations, Mike!".

Course Announcement - ICS-300 - Dec 16-17 - Moffat County, Colorado

Moffat County and the Division of Emergency Management will host an ICS-300 Training Course in Craig, Colorado on December 16-17, 2010.  ICS-300 provides training on and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS).  The course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.  For more information, download the course flyer or contact DEM's State Training Officer, Robyn Knappe at

Job Announcement - Project Coordinator Emergency Management - Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College is soliciting applications from individuals who meet the minimum requirements for a Project Coordinator Emergency Management, Higher Ed.  Interested candidates must apply online at  All application materials must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the position's closing date to be considered.   Inquiries regarding the position announcement should be directed to Patricia Padeway at (719) 502-2296 or

Lucien Canton - Effective Presentations: Insider Tips for Improving Your Skills

Our State Training Officer, Robyn Knappe, wanted to pass on a link from Lucien Canton's recent newsletter, titled "Effective Presentations: Insider Tips for Improving Your Skills." In emergency management, we spend a lot of our time between incidents speaking at training events and presenting before elected officials and partner agencies. Lucien's article offers some great prompts, advice and reminders on how to engage and connect an emergency management message to your audience.