Rapid Needs Assessment (FEMA G250.7)
8/12 Carbondale, CO
This is a required course in the FEMA Advanced Professional Series (APS). For more info contact Robyn Knappe.
The course is intended for emergency managers and related disciplines. Learn how to rapidly and effectively collect damage and impact information in the community immediately following a disaster. The emphasis is on lifesaving and prioritization of resource allocation.
Evacuation and Re-Entry Class (FEMA G358)
8/16-8/17 Pueblo, CO
This 1.5 day course is intended for those responsible for writing evacuation and re-entry plans and procedures and for those executing the evacuation plans.
Basic Public Information Officer (FEMA G290)
9/28-9/29 Fort Collins, CO
This two day course is intended for Public Information Officer's (PIO's). The emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information.
- Conducting classroom presentations
- Interacting with participants
- Multiple learning methods
In October 1986, the Federal Superfund and Reauthorization Act (SARA/Title III) that includes the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know provisions, was enacted. This legislation responded to several very severe hazardous materials incidents world-wide. It put in place several protection measures regarding hazardous materials incidents.
The legislation required each state appoint a State Emergency Response Commission to implement the act in their state. In Colorado, the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission (CEPC) was created. It is made up of the following statutorily required members representing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division, the Department of Local Affairs - Colorado Division of Emergency Management and the Division of Local Government, the Department of Public Safety - Fire Safety Division, and the Colorado State Patrol. These representatives are permanent members of the CEPC. The balance of the CEPC is made up of representatives appointed by the Governor and serving a two (2) year term from the following areas: Two (2) from affected industries, two (2) from local governments and two (2) from the public interest or community groups, and one (1) from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) community.
The CEPC implemented the act by designating Local Emergency Planning Districts (LEPD) and then requesting nominations from those districts for appointing Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC). Each LEPC has the charter of implementing the SARA/Title III requirements for their LEPD. These requirements include developing and publishing a hazardous material emergency response plan for their area, the creation of Right-To-Know procedure for their LEPD and monitoring of specific yearly hazardous materials reporting requirements.
The CEPC conducts several various activities such as an Annual LEPC Conference, training programs and grant programs. For more information on any of these programs please contact your LEPC chair. If you do not know who you LEPC chair is, please contact Jack Cobb at (720) 852-6603 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org These meetings are open to the public and all LEPC members, local government representatives, and interested citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.
This article is the first in an on-going series of Successful Mitigation Projects in Colorado the Mitigation and Recovery Section of DEM will be issuing. The City of
On April 30 this year Bret Guillory, Utility Engineer with the City of
Ranchmen’s Ditch Drainage Flood Mitigation Project
The Ranchmen’s Ditch Flood mitigation Project, also known as the Big Pipe, was completed in April 2009 and was recognized as one of “Colorado’s Best of 2009” by the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM), taking second place in the statewide award competition.
The Big Pipe project removed 380 properties from the 100-year floodplain along
The project included:
· Almost 12,000 feet of 78” diameter reinforced concrete pipe (RCP)
· 10,000 feet of 90 and 96” RCP laid as a dual barrel system along a mile of
· Three large detention basins totaling almost 70 acre-feet of storage
· An interstate crossing, railroad crossing, and seven collector roadway crossings
· A $3M Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant coordinated through the Division of Emergency Management
The project was the culmination of a 10-year effort which began with significant flooding along 25 Road in the summer of 1997 (estimated at less than a 50 year rainfall event).
The Big Pipe was constructed in three phases by Scott Contracting of
The design for the Big Pipe Project was completed in house by Project Engineer David Donahue and Engineering Tech Jonathan Hobbs. ICON Engineering of Centennial, CO completed all hydrology and routing, FEMA submittals, Benefit Cost Analysis for the PDM grant, and independent verification of City design. This project also included coordination with a number of outside agencies, the Colorado Division of Emergency Management's Mitigation Team, US Fish & Wildlife, the US Army Corp of Engineers, FEMA, FAA, Bookcliff Country Club, Grand Valley Water Users & Bureau of Reclamation, Xcel Energy, Ute Water, Bresnan, Quest Communications, and a number of business owners along the project alignment.
The improvements were put to the test on August 16, 2010 when the drainage basin received what is estimated to be a 50 year storm event. It is estimated that, just east of the Mesa Mall, the system carried close to 700 cfs during this event. The capacity of the infrastructure at this location prior to the project was 119 cfs. There was no local flooding witnessed along the length of the project during the event.