State to Host Symposium to Assist Communities in Post-Disaster Process and Long Term Recovery Planning Friday

Colorado Division of Homeland Security &
Emergency Management
9195 E. Mineral Avenue, Suite 200
Centennial, CO  80112


Media Advisory
November 19, 2013

Media Contacts
Micki Trost, DHSEM PIO,  303-472-4087 c,
Linda Rice, DOLA PIO, 303-358-6035 c,

State to host symposium to assist communities in post-disaster process and long term recovery planning Friday

DENVER ¬— Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – The Colorado Recovery Office is hosting a symposium Friday, November 22, in Loveland for local government officials in communities impacted by flooding.  The Department of Public Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Department of Local Affairs will facilitate the day’s agenda designed to assist local officials in understanding the process of post-disaster long term recovery planning for community and economic recovery.

This is the first time all the flood impacted communities have come together in the same place. This is a pivotal moment to begin long-term recovery planning to build more resilient communities.

The day’s agenda will include presentations from community leaders from Joplin, Missouri, Windsor, Colorado and the State of Vermont, who have firsthand experience in navigating long-term recovery.

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22
WHERE: Embassy Suites Loveland Conference Center, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland.

Media Availability for Interviews
             State Leaders
o             Jerre Stead, Chief Recovery Officer, Colorado Recovery Office (available at 10:30 a.m.)
o             Chantal Unfung, Director, Colorado Division of Local Government  (available 9:30-10:30 a.m.)
o             Dave Hard, Director, Colorado Office of Emergency Management (available after noon)
o             Iain Hyde, State Disaster Recovery Officer, Colorado Office of Emergency Management     
             Community Leaders Speaking on Disaster Recovery
o             Jane Cage, Volunteer Chairman of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, Joplin Tornado
o             Kelly Arnold, Town Manager of Windsor, Colorado, Windsor Tornado
o             Rebecca Ellis, Vermont State Representative and chair of the Waterbury Select Board,
               Hurricane Irene
o             Bob Dixson, Mayor of Greensburg, Kansas, Tornado