Emergency Management Office Organization Chart

Office of Emergency Management Overview

The OEM plans for and responds to all-hazard emergencies and disasters that face the State of Colorado.  These range from fires and floods to incidents involving hazardous materials or acts of terrorism.   The Division prepares and implements the Colorado Hazard and Incident Response and Recovery Plan (CHIRPP), and routinely conducts training and exercises to ensure the plans are communicated and effective and any capability gaps are identified and resolved.

The Office serves as the state's liaison with federal and local agencies on all hazards impacting Colorado.  Office staff members provide technical assistance to local governments as they prepare emergency plans and procedures. They also conduct emergency operations coordination and training for state and local governmental agencies.

After a disaster, the Office conducts damage assessment surveys and advises the Governor on whether to declare a disaster-emergency and seek direct federal assistance or funding. The Office staffs and maintains a State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Centennial, Colorado. The State EOC serves as the support and coordination center for supporting disasters and coordinating state response activities.  The Office also operates several disaster recovery and mitigation programs in the Mitigation and Recovery Section.  The OEM has three functional areas:


The Operations Section coordinates operational response at the state level. The Section is home to:  Logistics, which is responsible for contract negotiations, vendor management, resource acquisition, deployment, and tracking and management of equipment and resources; Planning, which is responsible for ensuring the State Plans are reviewed and revised, including the Colorado Hazard and Incident Response and Recovery Plan (CHIRPP); and Continuity of Operations and Government Plans (COOP & COG); the Operations Officer who manages State Emergency Response Coordinators and oversees communications; and the SEOC Exercise Officer who serves the exercise needs of Division staff and representatives of the state agencies and other organizations who staff the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and documents the improvement process in After-Action Reports for exercises and actual events.

Field Services

The Field Services Section includes nine Regional Field Managers who provide planning, coordination, technical & emergency advisory assistance to Colorado’s local emergency management offices on behalf of the OEM and serve as the initial response element for the Division during emergencies and disasters impacting Colorado.  Field Services also administers the Emergency Management Preparedness Grant and the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. In addition, the Section, delivers annual training for emergency management professionals across the State through the Emergency Management Academy.

Mitigation and Recovery

Mitigation programs work to identify and eliminate risks to human life and property. The OEM Mitigation Team is focused on reducing hazards and managing risk before and after disaster-emergencies. Mitigation is an integral part of the OEM mission.  OEM administers several federal and state programs designed to reduce the impact of hazards in communities that threaten life and property such as flooding, wildfire, and landslides.  The OEM Mitigation Team is responsible developing and implementing Colorado’s All-Hazard Mitigation Plan with cooperating state agencies and local government partners.  The team also plays a key role in strengthening communities post-disaster by facilitating projects that increase mitigate future damages and build resilience.

A focus of DHSEM’s Recovery Team is to link federal, state, and private non-profit programs that provide disaster recovery assistance to individuals, families and local governments.    As an emergency or disaster evolves, the recovery team begins work to implement disaster assistance and recovery programs made available by the State and federal government.    These programs range from individual and family recovery case management to providing funding for the reconstruction of major infrastructure in affected communities.  The Recovery Team helps rebuild lives and communities impacted by disaster with technical and financial support as they make their way through long-term recovery. 

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OEM Organization Chart

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The organization charts for the Field Services team and the Mitigation and Recovery section are available to view.