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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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