Emergency Operations Plan Templates

In a follow-up to the November Emergency Manager Academy, two different templates for Emergency Operations Plans have been provided.  These are based on the November 2010 Version of FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans.

Neither FEMA nor the State is mandating a particular template, even though we prefer the ESF format for consistency with the National Response Framework. Each emergency manager can choose the one, or create a hybrid of both,  that meets your jurisdiction’s needs.  As you will see, the information within both is virtually the same.  The only difference is how that information is organized. You can download each of the templates:
  1. ESF EOP Format Template
  2. Functional EOP Format Template
When using the templates you will see that each section/paragraph header of the templates is in black. Underneath each header, in grey, is a brief description of what should be contained in that section/paragraph.  Sometimes multiple items should be addressed.  For example, mass care covers sheltering, feeding, pet and service animal issues, medical support, access and functional needs populations, etc.  

For more detailed assistance, please contract your DEM Regional Field Manager. 

CDEM Weekly Update - December 30, 2011

Colorado Division of Emergency Management Weekly Update ~ December 30, 2011

Topics included in the Weekly Update include:
  • DEM 2011 Customer Service Survey
  • Templates for Emergency Operations Plans
  • Emergency Management Conference Draft Agenda
  • INMA Managing Director Position Announcement
  • Educational Resources
  • Training Information
 Please contact Micki Trost, DEM PIO, with any questions or comments.

Training Course: Advanced Incident Management/ Unified Command

FREE TRAINING:  MGT 344 Advanced Incident Management/ Unified Command

This is an ICS 400 Equivalent Course that is being taught by instructor’s from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). 

You must register at www.co.train.org no later than January 13th, 2012. If you register, you will be expected to attend the class.  A minimum of twenty-six students must register to hold this course. 

 Course Logistics:

Date:                January 24-25, 2012
Time:                8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:          Colorado Springs Fire Department Complex
Registration:     COTRAIN, Course ID 1031125

Course Prerequisites:
  • ICS 100
  • ICS 200
  • ICS 300
  • ICS 700
  • Any type of course on terrorism. An example is online course AWR 160

Download a copy of the Course Flyer for additional information.

Contact Kim Lee, South Central All-Hazards Region, with any questions at kalee@springsgov.com.  


What Are You Doing To Prepare?


Are you prepared for an emergency? Quiz yourself on the questions below to see just how prepared you are. If you don’t know the answer to some of the questions, visit Ready.gov or your local Office of Emergency Management for tips and resources that can help make sure you, your family, and your community are Ready.

• Does your local government have an emergency or disaster plan for your community? If so, do you know what it is?

• Do you know how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on the radio?

• Does your city/county have an emergency alert system? Is so, are you signed up to get alerts?

• Do you know your local evacuation routes? How would you get out of town from work? How about from home?

• Does your city/county have a Citizen Corps Council? (If you don’t know, visit www.citizencorps.com)

• In the last year, have you prepared or updated your Emergency Supply Kit with emergency supplies like water, food and medicine that is kept in a designated place in your home? Visit Ready.gov for an Emergency Supply Kit checklist.

• In the last year, have you prepared a small kit with emergency supplies that you keep at home, in your car or where you work to take with you if you had to leave quickly?

• In the last year, have you made a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate in an emergency situation if you were separated?

• Are you prepared to help your neighbor? In most emergencies, the best way to get help quickly is by working with your neighbors. Do you know anyone in your neighborhood who might need a little extra help preparing for or responding to an emergency?

• Have you established a specific meeting place for your family to reunite in the event you and your family cannot return home or are evacuated?

• In the last year, have you practiced or drilled on what to do in an emergency at home?

• In the last year, have you volunteered to help prepare for or respond to a major emergency?

• Have you taken first aid training such as CPR in the past five years?

CDEM Weekly Update December 22

Colorado Division of Emergency Management Weekly Update ~ December 22, 2011

Topics included in the Weekly Update include:
  • WebEOC Mapper Updates
  • South East Colorado Blizzard and Statewide Winter Storm Overview
  • Colorado 2-1-1 Contact Information
  • 2011 Denver CERT Program
  • Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) Update
  • FEMA Snow Assistance and Severe Winter Storm Policy
  • FEMA Announcement of the Whole Community Document to External Stakeholders
  • Educational Resources
  • Training Information
    Please contact Micki Trost, DEM PIO, with any questions or comments.

    After the Snow Stops

    The Denver Emergency Management Coordinator, Carolyn Bluhm, reminds us that the next challenge today is being concerned with the removal of the snow once it is done falling. Please be safe. It is going to be cold, icy and  the snow  is heavy and packed. Know your limits when removing snow and take it slow or break it into a couple of shifts to avoid over exertion emergencies.

    In addition, please take a moment to check on your neighbors that maybe elderly, have a mobility concern or have any other functional needs to see if they need any assistance. 
    For additional information visit their website www.denvergov.org/oem.

    Morning Weather Forecast and Status Updates

     The Colorado Division of Emergency Management will be posting current weather status and forecast throughout the day as we complete conference call updates with the National Weather Service Boulder.

    8 AM Weather Status Update

    The snow will be tapering off today from the North moving South today.  Currently the line is around Ft. Collins and we should see the storm moving out of the area to the South around Noon to 2 p.m. this afternoon with an additional accumulations.  Winds will be still be from the North tapering off also as the storm moves out this morning and very diminished winds by noon.  We should see winds 8-12 MPH West of I-25 and 10-15 MPH East of I-25
    Current Accumulations & Anticipated new accumulations:
    • Foothills 6-9k Ft. received 18-24 inches and will see new accumulations of 3-6 inches
    • West of the Metro Area received 9-14 inches and will see new accumulations of 2-4 inches
    • North of the Metro Area received 3-6 inches and will see new accumulations of around 1 inch.
    • South of the Metro Area received 9-12 inches and will see new accumulations of 2-5 inches
    • East of the Metro Area received 4-6 inches and will see new accumulations of 1-2 inches.
    • DIA received 4-6 inches and will see new accumulations of 1-2 inches.
    • Metro Area - Downtown received 7-10 inches and will see new accumulations of 1-2 inches
    • Palmer Divide received 12-15 inches and will see new accumulations of 2-5 inches.
    Currently No actions to activate the State EOC at this time.  Currently OPS and Situation are working in the EOC maintaining situational awareness.

    10 AM Weather and Status Update

    A 9 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service Boulder, local emergency managers and CDEM provided the following updates:
    • Snow fall remains about the same as this morning with 1-2 inches expected in the next couple of hours for most areas.  In the foothills beginning in Morrision and continuing south to Castle Rock will receive 3-4 inches of snow.
    • All snow fall should come to an end between 3-5 p.m.
    • The weekend forecast is quiet on the weather front with a nice white Christmas.
    • Low temperatures in the 0-10 degree range will occur for a short time and begin warming up overnight.
    • Baca County has opened one shelter due to adverse road conditions. There are 71 people currently at the shelter.
    • There are no local emergency operations centers activated at this time.
    • There were no major road closures reported.
    • The State EOC has not been activated, however, Operations and Situation ESFs are working in the EOC to maintain situational awareness.
    • The next conference call will occur around noon.

    1 PM Weather and Status Update

    A 12 p.m. conference call with emergency managers from southern Colorado, CDOT, DOC, CSP and CDEM was coordinated by the South/South East Region Field Manager.
    • Each county shared information on snow fall totals and road conditions.  County and cities are busy plowing snow.  
    • Law Enforcement agencies are responding to motor vehicle slide offs.
    • Many of the counties and cities were closing offices early today and encouraging citizens to limit driving is possible.
    • There were no requests for resources made at this time.
    • There were no life safety issues.
    • There were no other conference calls scheduled for Thursday.

    Contact Micki Trost, CDEM PIO, with any questions at micki.trost@state.co.us or 303-472-4087.