DHSEM Launches CO-ASSIST for Private Sector Resources

On March 1, 2017, DHSEM and the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP) launched a new platform manage and connect local communities with business-sector resources during disasters called CO-ASSIST.

CO-ASSIST stands for Coloradans Available to Assist and Support Incidents Statewide Today.  It is an online database for private businesses to register in advance of disasters to share what resources and services they offer along with their contact information. 

DHSEM and CEPP staff worked with various stakeholders to develop a user-friendly platform for both the business community and the emergency management staff in the State EOC.  Businesses will be able to register the resources and services they offer and provide their 24-hour contact information, billing information and geographic service area.  They also select a category for the type of service/product available, such as generators, water, sanitation, portable facilities, and many other categories.  

CO-ASSIST is separate from and complementary to HelpColoradoNow.  CO-ASSIST is a business directory of services and products and HelpColoradoNow helps coordinate volunteers and donations in response to disasters.  

Please contact DHSEM Logitistics Program Manager Jeremy Utter at jeremy.utter@state.co.us with questions about CO-ASSIST.