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Colorado Emergency Preparedness: A Regional Approach. Susan Jones-Hard Emergency Response Coordinator Colorado Region VIII RRT Representative Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. HSPD or Not HSPD?. That is the Question…

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colorado emergency preparedness a regional approach

Colorado Emergency Preparedness: A Regional Approach

Susan Jones-Hard

Emergency Response Coordinator

Colorado Region VIII RRT Representative

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

hspd or not hspd
HSPD or Not HSPD?
  • That is the Question…
  • What roles do Presidential Directives play in Colorado Emergency Preparedness and Response??
what does it mean
What Does it Mean????
  • HSPD 5 and 8 can contribute to improved nation-wide approach to preparedness and response.
  • How will state and local governments be trained, funded, supported and measured for nationwide uniformity?
hspds in colorado
HSPDs in Colorado
  • Reformatting Emergency Plans to conform with the NRP for better emergency response connectivity.
  • ICS to NIMS…
  • National Strategy to State Strategy to Grant Applications
  • Performance Metrics
regional approach
Regional Approach

Prowers County reports 1,000 people in line at 0900

Prowers County reports 1,000 people in line at 0900

  • Integrated exercises across disciplines.
  • “Nine Counties in Nine Hours” - Oct 19, 2004.
  • Enhanced Evaluation Process.
  • Strengthen medical surge capacity
counties involved
Counties Involved:
  • Baca
  • Bent
  • Cheyenne
  • Crowley
  • Huerfano
  • Kiowa
  • Las Animas
  • Otero
  • Prowers
full scale exercise
Full Scale Exercise
  • Multi-Disciplinary Approach
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Area
  • Implementing nine mass clinics simultaneously (some EOC’s)
  • Vaccinating the public/flu vaccine
  • Pandemic Influenza Scenario
who was involved
Who was involved?
  • 858 Volunteers were recruited and trained
  • 7,965 members of the public were recruited & vaccinated
  • 37 ARES personnel built a system where none existed before and provided communication to all facilities
  • 31 Exercise Support Staff (Eval/Cont)
  • 72 Observers
  • 3 radio stations and 11 newspapers
agencies involved
Agencies Involved:
  • EMS and Fire Departments
  • Law Enforcement and OPSFS
  • Elected Officials and local government
  • Hospitals, Public Health and Mental Health
  • Long Term Care Facilities and Social Services
  • Emergency Management Agencies
  • Private Industry and Media
  • Volunteer Associations & Organizations
who supported this exercise
Who supported this Exercise?
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Staffing and CDC funds)
  • Office of Preparedness, Security and Fire Safety (DHS funds)
  • One Homeland Security/Public Health Region (Nine counties and many local communities and community organizations)
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
what now are we prepared
What Now?? Are We Prepared??
  • Activities are underway but how do the HSPDs contribute? Can they?
  • Training on key aspects of HSPDs – particularly NRP and NIMS…NOW
  • Develop uniform performance measures and measure outcomes
  • Fully Integrated Intergovernmental Collaboration…it’s more than the $$$
thank you
Thank You!

Susan Jones-Hard

303-692-3020

[email protected]

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