FAQs for Businesses
Business EOC Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do I obtain authorization or credentials to take my company’s equipment/people into the area affected by the emergency?
Answer: Local jurisdictions determine who many enter an area, and when they may do so. Contacts for local emergency management agencies is available at http://www.coemergency.com/p/local-info-sources.html
Question: Can the State Emergency Operations Center help my company gain access to our business site in the area affected by the emergency?
Answer: Entry/re-entry requirements for community members and businesses are set by local agencies. Contacts for local emergency management agencies is available at http://www.coemergency.com/p/local-info-sources.html
Question: Is there a statewide permit system my company can use to access our facilities in multiple locations impacted by the emergency?
Answer: Political subdivisions (counties and municipalities) determine when community members and businesses are allowed into areas. Colorado does not have a statewide permit system for such situations.
Question: Where can I find information about road closures?
Answer: Information about roads can be found at http://cotrip.org/map.htm#/roadConditions or by calling 511. Road conditions in neighboring states can be found at these links:
Question: Will the weather impact my business response and recovery efforts?
Answer: Forecast information is covered by four National Weather Service Offices, three based in Colorado, and one in Kansas that covers a small portion of the eastern plains.
Denver/Boulder (northeast Colorado) http://www.weather.gov/bou/
Pueblo (southeast Colorado) http://www.weather.gov/pub/
Grand Junction (western Colorado) http://www.weather.gov/gjt/
Goodland (three counties in northeast Colorado) http://www.weather.gov/gld/
Question: My company has equipment you can use during the emergency. How can I provide it to you?
Answer: Register your equipment at https://co-assist.state.co.us/. When the State EOC receives requests, we check for potential vendors at this site. Ensure you provide complete information, including a 24-hour contact.
Question: My company can move equipment and people more quickly if we have a seat in the State EOC to help coordinate. How do we reserve a space?
Answer: The State EOC seating is extremely limited. State agencies and a small number of non-profit organizations use the space to coordinate overarching response and recovery efforts. Register your company at https://co-assist.state.co.us/ so State EOC staff contact you when a need is identified.
Question: My equipment/product/service is ideal for emergencies. Can I come to the State EOC to demonstrate it?
Answer: Each disaster is unique, as are the requests the State EOC receives from local agencies. Registration at https://co-assist.state.co.us/ is best way to ensure the State EOC can contact you when a need arises.
Question: I have products/services to sell to the state for emergency use. Who can I talk to?
Answer: The Office of the State Controller has extensive information about doing business with the state at https://www.colorado.gov/osc/access. You will also want to ensure you have registered at https://co-assist.state.co.us/ so the State EOC can quickly contact your business when a need is identified.
Question: Where do I find current information about the emergency?
Answer: Information about the state response is posted at http://www.coemergency.com/ regularly. You may also want to follow our social media feeds at ….. Local agencies may also post updates through their web site or social media accounts.
Question: My company’s product/service hasn’t been requested yet, but is always needed in an emergency. Where can I find directions to the emergency site?
Answer: Emergency responders need space to work, and are extremely busy. They request equipment/products/services when a need arises. For everyone’s safety, all others are encouraged to stay in a safe location away from the emergency until requested. Register at https://co-assist.state.co.us/ to ensure the State EOC can contact you quickly when a need is identified.