DHSEM Update: March 22, 2013

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Update


Information and Updates

Funeral and Memorial Service Set for Tom Clements

A public memorial service for Tom Clements is set for Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. at New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs. A private funeral is set for Sunday. 

Denver Nuggets Night for Emergency Management and First Responders

Colorado Emergency Management Association (CEMA) has partnered with the Denver Nuggets to provide a night for First Responders, Emergency Managers and related agencies. Discounted tickets and fun at the Pepsi Center will take place on Thursday, April 4th at 7 p.m. against the mavericks. Download the Nuggets flyer or visit www.nuggetstix.com/0404cema

South Central Regional Field Manager Named

The Office of Emergency Management is pleased to announce that Paul Eller has accepted the position of Regional Field Manager for the South Central Region. Eller started on March 18, 2013. He comes to OEM from the City of Montrose, where he was the emergency manager and a sergeant with the police department. 

FEMA Provides a New Way to View Flood Risk in Your Community

Access your community’s preliminary flood hazard data in one centralized and easily accessible location. Preliminary data provide an early look at your home or community’s risk to flood hazards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to make this data available on the Map Service Center (MSC) soon. 

By making this data available on the MSC, nation-wide preliminary data will be in a one easily accessible place along with FEMA’s other flood mapping products and tools. Citizens can now access both preliminary and effective flood hazard data on the same site through the MSC’s quick and easy search functions. 

Know your flood risk and visit http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata for more information.

FEMA Student Identification (SID)

A FEMA Student Identification number is required for everyone taking a FEMA course. If you have not visited the FEMA SID website to register for a new number you must do so before enrolling in another course. You cannot use your social security number as you have in the past.

A FEMA SID number is a unique number generated and assigned to anyone who needs or is required to take training provided by a FEMA organization. Your FEMA SID uniquely identifies you throughout the FEMA organization and all of its agencies. The goal is for your FEMA SID to serve as your personal identification number instead of your Social Security Number (SSN) in support of FEMA’s effort to decrease/cease the use of SSN for identifying and tracking individuals.

A FEMA SID is required to register for and participate in any training provided by FEMA agencies. All FEMA training providers’ registration systems and enrollment procedures require a valid FEMA SID. Your FEMA SID serves as your personal identification number and merges/links/connects/combines all of your FEMA training records under one account to simplify keeping track of all your FEMA training accomplishments.  

Learn more about the FEMA Student Identification (FEMA SID) number 

Educational Resources

Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service Set for May 4

NFPA’s first Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service will be held on May 4, 2013 in Colorado. The NFPA is calling all those in Colorado to participate in a statewide day of wildfire service. Visit the NFPA Wildfire Safety Blog for specific information on how your neighborhood, community, agency or county can be involved. An official State Proclamation has been issued for the May 4 event. 

Fraud Prevention and Safety Summit

Share this opportunity through your networks and in your community. This is a one-day, no cost event that empowers seniors with tools and information to avoid fraud before it happens. Participants will: 
  • Learn how to protect yourself and safeguard information.
  • Identify resources available to the community.
  • Area agency exhibitors available at event.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center. It is sponsored by the 18th Judicial District Attorney Office. Registration is required by calling 1-877-926-8300. Download the Fraud Prevention and Safety Summit Flyer for additional information. 

Post Wildfire Flood Information

Colorado’s Wildfire and Flood Safety Awareness Week wraps up tomorrow. There were several resources shared over the week by the partnering agencies. All of the articles are posted on www.COEmergency.com. Today’s post includes a Flood After Fire Fact Sheet from the National Flood Insurance Program. Three key points shared on the fact sheet are: 

1. The Time to Prepare is Now. Gather supplies in case of a storm strengthen your home against damage and review your insurance coverage.

2. Only Flood Insurance covers Flood Damage. Most standard homeowner’s policies do not cover flood damage.

3. Plan Ahead. Plan evacuation routes. Keep important papers in a safe, waterproof place. Conduct a home inventory; itemize and take pictures of possessions. 

Creating Fire Adapted Communities Case Study Video

The Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Coalition has released a new report, "Lessons from Waldo Canyon" and a companion video, "Creating Fire Adapted Communities: A Case Study from Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon Fire." The report and video are based on interviews, field visits and tours of the City's most affected neighborhoods conducted by the FAC Coalition's assessment team during a three day visit to the area in July 2012. These new resources share the post-fire field investigation, and stress the importance of communities becoming fire adapted. To read the full report visit: http://www.fireadapted.org

The 10 New Rules of Crisis Communication

Melissa Agnes shared these rules on her Social Media Crisis Communication website this week. It has some great reminders and tips for anyone charged with sharing information using social media.

1. Communications are now a 2-way street, whether you want them to be or not.

2. Real-time is not just a suggestion but an expectation of your audience. An expectation that will not turn in your favor if unmet.

3. Informative is the only way. If you’re not informative somebody else will be – on their own channels that you have zero control over.

4. Listen, listen, listen! Listen to what others are saying, what they’re not saying and where they are and are not saying it.

5. When you combine real-time and 2-way you get responsive. Your audience will be responsive and so must you.

6. Sincerity, honesty and apologies go a long way. But remember: actions speak so much louder than words.

7. Humans dealing with humans. Your brand may be a brand, but it is run by humans communicating with other humans. Act like it.

8. Adaptability and flexibility are highly recommended. Adapt your crisis communications for different platforms and audiences that you need to communicate your messages with and on.

9. Twitter-friendly communications are your friend. For every update, response and statement you release have a Twitter version.

10. Communicate with your staff throughout the entire crisis. Internal communications are key to today’s successful crisis management. 

Training Information

Office of Preparedness Training and Exercise Program

The Training and Exercise Program has assigned regional points of contact for each of the nine all-hazard regions. 
Training and Exercise Program Manager is Beth Roome.

· Northwest Region – Beth Roome

· Northeast Region – Michael Bean

· North Central Region – Melissa Arnett

· South Central Region – Michael Bean

· West Region – Beth Roome

· Southwest Region – Robyn Knappe

· San Luis Valley Region – Robyn Knappe

· South Region – Robyn Knappe

· Southeast Region – Michael Bean

The Training and Exercise Program serves its stakeholders by offering products and services in a wide variety of areas. The following is a brief list of some of the areas in which the Training and Exercise Program can offer assistance:

1. Emergency Management Training

2. Homeland Security Training

3. Disaster Exercise Coordination

4. Training and Exercise Plan Workshops (TEPW)

5. National Domestic Preparedness

6. Consortium (NDPC)

7. Exercise Guidance

8. Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

9. Public Health Training

10. RTIPP Planning

11. Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

12. CO.Train Registration Portal

13. Training Delivery and Facilitation

View the Training and Exercise Program Information Sheet

Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools Course

The Northeast Region is holding an emergency preparedness class for educational institutions. Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools is a Homeland Security supported class that will, when applied increase school safety. This is a no cost training opportunity. 

Mass Casualty Incident Command System (MCICS400)

MCICS 400 Hospital Evacuation and Surge Training is a unified command approach designed to build “Community Interoperability” of Hospitals’ and Public Safety/EMS Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) for Hospital Evacuation. The course is scheduled for April 19-20, 2013 in Wheat Ridge. Register for the course at www.co.train.org or view the MCICS Course Flyer

Public Information Officer and Crisis Communication Trainings Being Planned

There have been several requests for public information and crisis communication trainings in the state. Micki Trost, DHSEM PIO, is working with the Office of Preparedness Training Program to bring in several opportunities for 2013. Although locations have not been finalized for some of these we wanted you to have the opportunity to share time on your calendars. Registration for all trainings will occur through www.co.train.org when all logistics are finalized.

  • G290 Public Information Officer Courses
    • June 3-4 (Colorado Springs)
    • October 31 and November 1
    • December 5-6
  • G291 Joint Information System/Joint Information Center Course
    • June 5 (Colorado Springs)
  • April 15-19, 2013 (Frederick): S403/ L962 All-Hazards Public Information Officer Course
  • August 27-28, 2013 (State EOC): Argonne National Laboratory’s Joint Information System/Joint Information Center Training
  • September: Social Media training offered at State EOC and Western Slope by the National Preparedness Center from the University of Hawaii. 

Training Calendar and Announcements

March Courses

April Courses

  • April 29-30, 2013 (Aspen), ICS400: Advanced Incident Command System, Registration: COTRAIN, Course ID 1006001, Contact: Robyn Knappe

May Courses

August Courses

September Courses

October Courses