Colorado Emergency Management Academy Program

Academy Overview

The Emergency Management Branch provides a seven month program for new and existing emergency managers throughout the State. The academy consists of training opportunities and resident courses that are developed to be Colorado specific and tailored to show Colorado processes.  The academy will provide networking opportunities with emergency managers and professional across the state.  It culminates with a week-long resident course with a final Emergency Operations Center based exercise.

Academy Prerequisites

There are several prerequisites required for the Emergency Management Academy.  They include:

2017 Emergency Management Academy Information

Academy Dates

The program begins April 11, 2017 and runs through October 19, 2017. 

Academy Location

The Emergency Management Academy and all resident courses are held at the State Emergency Operations Center in Centennial, Colorado.

Academy Lodging

Lodging is provided by DHSEM for program attendees who live more than 50 miles from the course venue.

Academy Cost

There are no costs or fees for participating in the Emergency Management Academy.  Students are responsible for their own meals.

Academy Application

An application must be submitted in March 1, 2017 and the participants are then notified by DHSEM.

Academy Courses

The 2017 Emergency Management Academy Schedule offers an example of the courses completed during the academy.


  • Introductions and Course Expectations
  • Emergency Management Program Overview
  • Basics for an Emergency Manager
  • Emergency Management Program Guide
  • S-2001 Threat Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  • WebEOC Account Setup and Introduction


  • G-235 Emergency Planning
  • Whole Community Plans
  • Plan Adoption Process
  • Emergency Operation Plan Development


  • G0557 (Community Profile Development) and Rapid Needs Assessment
  • Alert and Warning
  • G-358 Evacuation & Re-Entry Planning


  • G-108 Mass Care
  • G-288 Volunteer and Donations Management
  • S-IDA Initial Damage Assessment Process Discussion


  • G-775 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Operations
  • S-703 Local Resource Ordering


  • G-205 Recovery from Disaster for Local Governments Role
  • G-318 Mitigation Planning for Local Government


  • G-191 Incident Command System (ICS)/ Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Interface
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Exercise
  • Graduation