DHSEM Update: October 30, 2015

DHSEM Update
Read this issue of the DHSEM Update.  The DHSEM Update includes the following information:
  • NOI Deadline for DR-4229 HMPG is November 6
  • Save the Date for the Colorado Emergency Management Conference in 2016
  • DHSEM Grant Information and Updates
  • Animas River Celebration (tomorrow)
  • Upcoming DHSEM Committee Meetings
  • Job and Volunteer Opportunties
  • Good News
  • DHSEM Volunteer of the Year 2015 Nominee Requests
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses
  • Update CERT and Citizen Corps Information in the FEMA Registry
  • Gov. Hickenlooper Submits National Disaster Resilience Competition Phase 2 Application
  • Educational Resources
    • EPA Region 8 Newsletter
    • Red Rocks Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Management spring Registration Open
    • New Microchip-Enabled Credit Cards May Still Be Vulnerable to Exploitation by Fraudsters
    • Project Learning Tree Fire Ecology and Fire Box Training on November 12
  • Training and Exercise Information

DHSEM Mitigation and Recovery Program Report: October 30, 2015

Mitigation and Recovery Program Report
Read the latest DHSEM Mitigation and Recovery Program Report from October 30, 2015.

Colorado Daily Status Report: October 30, 2015

Daily Status Report

National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Status
Day to Day
Current Disasters/Large Incidents
No incidents requiring State support

Public Assistance Applicant Teleconference for DR-4229

DHSEM is shifting the DR-4229 Applicant Assistance teleconference from biweekly to a monthly basis. The next teleconference will not take place until Thursday, November 12th at 1:30 p.m. We encourage all DR-4229 applicants to reply to this email or to contact the DHSEM team with any questions.  View the DR-4229 minutes from the October 15, 2015 call.

All PWs must be written by Thanksgiving

FEMA is on track to transition out of Colorado around Thanksgiving, as scheduled. It is crucial for applicants to work with their FEMA PA Project Specialist to get the information necessary to complete the PWs as soon as possible. DHSEM has asked FEMA to use estimations to help accelerate the process. We must stay focused on making sure all PWs are written before FEMA leaves Colorado to prevent the PWs from getting stuck in the backlog of DR-4145.

DR-4229 PA Summary

Please see the DR-4229 PA Summary report. As of today, FEMA has obligated sixty-seven (67) project worksheets. Purchase Orders (POs) are written for small projects (<$121,600) and Grant Agreements (GAs) are written for large projects (>$121,600).
  • Thirty-eight (38) PWs are drafted as either POs or GAs
  • Nineteen (19) POs and one (1) GA have passed the initial approval process at DHSEM and have been submitted to CDPS for final approval.
  • Eleven (11) have passed the initial approval process at DHSEM and will be submitted to CDPS for approval by COB today.
  • Five (5) GAs are with the Sub-Grantee for signature.
  • Two (2) PWs will be written as amendments and are waiting for the original GA to be executed.
  • Twenty-nine (29) PWs will be converted into POs or GAs by the end of next week.

 Zix Secure Portal

The State of Colorado has moved towards encryption protection for emails with sensitive information. All emails sent to and from DHSEM will be scanned by the secure encryption tool known as Zix. Messages containing certain keywords will automatically be encrypted to ensure confidentiality. If the email is encrypted, you will need to retrieve it from the Zix portal by following the process outlined in the attachment. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and we are happy to help if there is any confusion on the process.
Zix Secure Portal document and directions.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses

Information from the Small Business Administration. 
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Small, nonfarm businesses in Delta, Gunnison, Mesa and Montrose counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the severe freezes in Delta County that occurred April 2 - 19, 2015, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center ‑ West.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.

Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

"Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on October 28, 2015.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Service Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information, or to download applications, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for these loans is June 28, 2016.

Colorado Daily Status Report: October 29, 2015

Daily Status Report

National Terrorism Advisory System: No Current Alerts
State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Status
Day to Day
Current Disasters/Large Incidents
No incidents requiring State support