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The Strategic Communications team provides public information, crisis communication and social media support to the Colorado DHSEM.  A public information officer is available 24/7 for media requests.  The public information can be contacted by email or by calling 720-432-2433.

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Strategic Communications Team

Micki Trost 

picture of Micki TrostMicki Trost is the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Strategic Communications Director/ Public Information Officer (PIO).  She is based in the Centennial DHSEM Office.  She joined the State of Colorado in November 2011 as the division's PIO.  Trost also acts as the State PIO for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).

In the past year Trost has worked at the Lower North Fork Fire, High Park Fire, Aurora Theater Shooting and Jessica Ridgeway Murder in addition to being the lead PIO (ESF-15) in the State EOC during their 2012 activations.

Prior to joining DHSEM, Trost was a Public Information Officer and Life Safety Educator for nine years with West Metro Fire Protection District in Jefferson County, Colorado.  In this role Trost responded to large scale all-hazards incidents and provided media/community relations, victim assistance and incident documentation through photography and videography.  In addition, Trost coordinated life safety programs focused on fire safety and injury prevention. 

As a public information officer, Trost responded to hundreds of local residential fires and large scale incidents including the Deer Creek Middle School Shooting, county level wildland fires and other all-hazards scenes. She is a member of the Jefferson County IMT PIO team. 

Trost has been an active member of the Emergency Services Public Information Officers of Colorado (ESPIOC) for the past ten years and is a past board member.  She was awarded the ESPIOC 2014 Public Information Officer of the Year.

She graduated with honors from Regis University with a BA in Communications.  Trost is currently a pursuing her master's degree in homeland security at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Jennifer Hillmann

photo of communications specialist Jennifer HillmannJennifer Hillmann is the Communications Specialist for the Colorado DHSEM.  She manages the Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team and coordinates the READYColorado social media platforms.  She joined DHSEM in October 2016.  She is an active member of the Emergency Services Public Information Officers of Colorado (ESPIOC).

Hillmann started her career in emergency services and public information at Larimer County Sheriff’s Office in 2008.  She worked as a public information officer (PIO) for numerous fires in 2012, including the devastating High Park Fire.  She received the Larimer County Sheriff’s Commendation award for work on High Park Fire.  This event was what sparked her passion for emergency services and the communications field.  In 2013 Hillmann worked as PIO in the Joint Information Center for Larimer County during the September Floods and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and medal for duties performed during that natural disaster.  During her time in Larimer County she also served as the communications liaison for Santa Cops of Larimer County for three years (2009-2012), and coordinated several fundraisers and community events to help raise awareness and funding for the non-profit organization.   

Hillmann graduated with honors from Colorado State University in 2014 with Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership/Communications and Human Resources Management.  She also earned Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University in Social Sciences.