Job Announcement - Emergency Managememt Specialist (Weld County)

This position coordinates a variety of highly complex assignments within Weld County. The position requires a primary skill set in the use of information technology, emergency management principles, public speaking and community outreach, organizational administration, disaster / recovery planning and project management.

Read more about this position or apply online.

Please contact Roy Rudiseill at 970-304-6540 with questions.

Incident Command System (ICS 400)

Course Description
ICS-400 level training is targeted for command and general staff, agency administrators, department heads, emergency managers, area commanders and Mulit-Agency Coordination System/Emergency Operations Center managers.

Course Topics
Topics include ICS fundamentals review for command and general staff, major and/or complex incident management, area command, and multi-agency coordination.

Course Objectives
These include understanding how major incidents engender special management challenges and understanding the circumstances in which an area command or multi-agency coordination systems are established.

Class Prerequisites
This course requires the completion of ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, ICS-700 and ICS-800 prior to this class.

Registration   Course ID: 1006001
Download the course flyer for more information.

Free training opportunity.

Course Dates and Location Information
When:  November 5 - 6, 2011

Time:   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day

Location:  Hasty/McClave Volunteer Fire Station
                124 S. Main, Hasty, CO  81044

Community Emergency Response Training (Denver CERT)


Community Emergency Response Training (Denver CERT)

What would YOU do if a disaster hit close to home or work?

What:   This disaster preparedness and response training (FEMA Course G317) will include how to plan for a disaster and teach basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.  At the completion of this training participants are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Why:     When a disaster hits we can’t always depend on professional responders to be immediately available. We would like to have the citizens of Denver trained to help within their own communities.

Who:     This training is open to anyone. We will accept up to 40 participants. 

When:   December 7 and 8, 2011 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
             Class exercise will be December 10, 2011, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
             All classes required for a certificate.

Where: Denver Human Service, 1200 Federal Boulevard,
             3rd Floor, Room 3109, Denver, CO

Cost:    The training will be provided at NO COST to participants.

Sponsored by: Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEM/HS); Denver Fire Department, Denver Human Services, North Center Region, Department of Homeland Security and the Organizational Management for Emergency General Activity (O.M.E.G.A.)

Course and registration information 
Contact: Carolyn H. Bluhm, OEM  or 720.865.7600.

Download the course flyer.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week

Governor John Hickenlooper has declared October 23 - 29, 2011, Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado

About Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Dave Hard, Director of the Colorado Division of Emergency Management said, "Coloradans have a responsibility to themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens, to prepare for the possible impacts of severe weather.  There are a number of resources available to keep us prepared and informed as the snow and ice return to Colorado."

The National Weather Service maintains a comprehensive Winter Weather links page that provides a number of Colorado-specific reports, avalanche information and preparedness information.  In addition to keeping up with the latest NWS Colorado Weather Advisories/Watches and Warnings, you should know what your local "sources" for emergency information, including available sms/text/email alerts, websites, local contact numbers and emails.  These local sources will be the best contacts for specific hazard and response actions in your area or the area to which you are traveling.  For specific tips on preparedness, there are some great winter preparedness checklists available online from READYColorado.

Each day highlights a certain aspect of winter preparedness:
·       Monday -  Winter Travel Safety
·       Tuesday - Watches...Warnings...and Advisories
·       Wednesday - High Winds
·       Thursday - Wind Chill Temperatures and Hypothermia
·       Friday - Avalanche Safety
·       Saturday - Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Review

The Colorado Division of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service stress the importance of families and individuals putting together an emergency supplies kit for any kind of emergency or disaster Coloradans might face like winter storms, floods, or wildfires. 

Robert Glancy of the National Weather Service said, "Winter weather can strike quickly, and abruptly.  Pay attention to forecasts and heed warnings, don't take unnecessary trips during a winter storm.  Make sure you have a 72 hour kit for your home and car, and realize that during large winter storms disrupted services can linger for 72 hours or longer."

Are you prepared?
Downloadable checklists for suggested items to stock in your 72-Hour Family Emergency Kit may be found on the website.  There are also suggestions for kits for the home, the workplace, car and for pets.

Governor Hickenlooper's proclamation states that, " informed and prepared citizenry and organized disaster emergency teams can help the public better cope with and survive the effects of winter weather." 

Winter weather in Colorado can change rapidly and it is important to be prepared for these rapid changes.  The National Weather Service (NWS) can alert you of potential winter storms as far as seven days in advance, and will issue watches up to three days in advance of a storm, and warnings when there is a high confidence of a storm in the next 12 to 36 hours.

-National Weather Service Winter weather watches/warnings/advisories:

-Colorado Avalanche Information Center Homepage:

Community Specific Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC)

The Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC) is a week long exercise based training designed to take an entire team of professionals from a city or county to the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD for resident training to accomplish community emergency management objectives.  IEMC places public officials and emergency personnel in a realistic crisis situation within a structured learning environment, as the course progresses scenario-related events of increasing complexity, threat, and pressure occur.  Participants develop emergency policies, plans, and procedures to ensure an effective response.  The course culminates in an emergency exercise designed to test participant knowledge, awareness, flexibility, leadership, and interpersonal skills under extreme pressure.

Applications are extensive and the chief elected official of the jurisdiction submits a letter of request, addressing the specific criteria to the state of Colorado, Robyn Knappe, State Training Officer, Colorado Division of Emergency Management.  The applications will be reviewed and prioritized for inclusion and forwarding to the FEMA Regional office for review.  The deadline for application is mid-January but to allow for state and FEMA review - all Colorado applications should be submitted to CDEM by December 15, 2011.  For more information, contact Robyn Knappe, or 720-852-6617.  More information on the IEMC can be viewed here.

Division of Emergency Management Names New Public Information Officer

Micki Trost has been selected to serve as the new Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Colorado Division of Emergency Management. 

"One of the key services the Division of Emergency Management provides to its local partners is the distribution and sharing of information impacting the public safety and well-being of communities," said Division of Emergency Management Director Dave Hard.  "We're pleased Micki is joining our team to perform that role."

Trost brings more than eight years of experience as a PIO and Life Safety Education Specialist with the West Metro Fire Protection District in Lakewood to the position. In addition, she is a PIO with the Jefferson County Incident Management Team. Micki has a bachelor's degree in Communications with a minor in Business Administration. 

Trost will begin her duties on Monday, October 24, 2011. Her contact information is 720-852-6630, .

Train-The-Trainer - Dec. 12-16 - Centennial - L-449

This course prepares participants to deliver the FEMA Emergency Management Institute's ICS curricula.  While ICS 100 and 200 courses are addressed, the major emphasis is on ICS 300 and 400.  The course will be held the week of December 12-16, 2011 at 9195 E. Mineral Ave, Centennial, CO 80112.  Additional information available here.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2011.  Applications may be downloaded here.

Students must have successfully completed ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, as well as IS 700 and 800.  These courses must be documented and submitted for approval.  A Verification of Qualifications document can be downloaded here.

Please send all documents to Robyn Knappe at, please refer all questions to Robyn, she is available via phone: (720) 852-6617 and fax: (720) 852-6750.

Job Announcement - Vice Director of Civil Defense

The Civil Defense Division, Department of Defense is seeking a Vice Director of Civil Defense.  Upon declaration of a civil defense emergency the Civil Defense division becomes the nucleus of an emergency state headquarters in direct support of the governor.  The Emergency Operating Center's functions are the coordination and direction of all government, business and individual actions and activities throughout the State. The duties and responsibilities of the position of Vice Director are to provide executive direction and coordination.  This is an appointed, exemption position in the Hawaii State Government.  Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2011.

Full position details and requirements can be viewed here.

Please direct any questions to Ms. Ellen Ichishita, (808)733-4217 or email to

CO Emergency Management Academy Open for Application- Due Nov 3

Deadline for Applications: November 3, 2011

The Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM) is now accepting applications for new and existing emergency managers throughout the State. The nine month program includes training opportunities, resident courses, networking opportunities, and finally, a week-long academy to complete the program in July.

The goal of the program is to give emergency managers the knowledge, tools, skills and abilities to efficiently support a Type III incident in their jurisdiction.

Pre-requisites include:

All 10 pre-requisite courses listed above are available at: and must be completed prior to the 1st class in November. Certificates of course completion should be submitted to Robyn Knappe at CDEM.

To see the schedule of classes and access the application Click Here.

Applications can be faxed, mailed, emailed, and/or hand delivered by November 3, 2011 to: 
Gigi Garcia

  • Fax: (720) 852-6750
  • Colorado Division of Emergency Management
    9195 E. Mineral Avenue, Suite 200 Centennial, CO 80112

If you have any questions about the program please contact your CDEM Regional Field Manager or Training Officer Robyn Knappe at

Comments Requested- Type 3 All-Hazard Position Task Books for FEMA

Federal Register Volume 76, Number 192 (Tuesday, October 4, 2011)

FR Doc No: 2011-25578

The All-Hazard Position Task Books for Type 3 Incident Management Teams were developed to assist personnel achieve qualifications in the All-Hazard Incident Command System (ICS) positions. The position task books also provide the documentation necessary for agencies and organizations to evaluate their personnel and certify their personnel as qualified to the positions. The position task books supplement the qualification requirements contained in the NIMS Job Titles, which specify any Education, Training, Experience, Physical/Medical Fitness, Currency, and Licensure/Certification for each position. The position task books have been derived from National Wildfire Coordinating Group position task books to leverage their successful experience in managing the qualifications of their personnel.

The position task books in this initial group contain: 
1. Incident Commander. 
2. Public Information Officer. 
3. Safety Officer. 
4. Liaison Officer. 
5. Operations Section Chief. 
6. Planning Section Chief 
7. Finance/Administration Section Chief. 
8. Logistics Section Chief.
9. Service Branch Director/Support Branch Director. 
10. Branch Director (Operations Section). 
11. Division/Group Supervisor. 
12. Unit Leader. 
13. Strike Team/Task Force Leader. 
14. Technical Specialist.

Please see the Official Federal Register notice  at for details- the information is also presented below:

Comments must be received by November 3, 2011. All submissions received must include the agency name and docket ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. 
You may wish to read the Privacy Act notice that is available via a link in the footer of

You may submit comments, identified by Docket ID FEMA-2011-0018, by one of the following methods: 
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 
  • E-mail: Include Docket ID FEMA-2011-0018 in the subject line of the message. 
  • Fax: 703-483-2999. 
  • Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Legislation, Regulations, & Policy Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Room 835, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Smith, National Integration Center, National Preparedness Directorate, Protection and National Preparedness, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472. Phone: 202-646- 3850 or e-mail:

Disaster Assistance Available for Small Businesses

Small, nonfarm businesses in the following counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  "The loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by adverse weather conditions that occurred in Yuma, Douglas and Elbert Counties.  SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses and dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster" announced Alfred E. Judd, Director of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center.  Below is a list of eligible counties.  More information available here.

Primary Counties
Neighboring Counties
Incident Type
Incident Date
Kit Carson, Logan, Phillips and Washington in Colorado; Cheyenne in Kansas; and Chase and Dundy in Nebraska
High winds, hail and a tornado
6/14 through 6/19/11
Douglas and Elbert
Arapahoe, El Paso, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park and Teller in Colorado
Beginning 1/01/11

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure web site.  The deadline to apply for these loans is May 29, 2012.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA's Disaster Loans website.