Save the Date for the Access and Functional Needs Conference


DHSEM would like you to join us in the Access and Functional Needs Conference: Getting it Right".   This is a one day conference for Colorado emergency managers along with all key community partners you all will learn about: 
  • Practical Strategies for planning with Access and Functional Needs
  • Access and Functional Needs information sharing
  • Access and Functional Needs Inclusive Training and Exercise Strategies
  • Access and Functional Needs resource sharing and networking  

Download or view the save the date flyer for the Access and Functional Needs Workshops.  Download or view our DHSEM Regional Field Services brochure to determine which location is best for you to attend.


East Areas of Colorado

  • North East Region, North Central Region, South Central Region, South Region, South East Region
  • When: Tuesday, November 5th
  • Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado at Hotel Elegante
  • Time: Full Day

West Areas of Colorado

  • North West Region, West Region, South West Region, San Luis Valley Region, our Colorado Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and Colorado Ute Mountain Tribe
  • When: Thursday, November 7th 
  • Where: Montrose, Colorado at Montrose County Fairgrounds
  • Time: Full Day  

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that empower all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Additionally, to be respectful of those with allergies and environmental/chemical sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please include this information in your registration (when it opens, in late August) and/or contact Sierra Cortez at (512) 529-1509 or email

Suggested Key Stakeholders and people to invite:

Local Emergency Managers, Health Care Coalition Steering Committees, ESF-8, ESF-6, Red Cross, local human services, local Public health, local VOADs, local feeding partners, local shelter partners, local AFN Stakeholders, community partners, local Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, local housing partners, Low income partners, Homeless partners/advocates, refugee services, tribal partners, local Correctional programs, public transportation programs, Early childhood councils, pregnancy centers, local pharmacy partner, higher education institutions, animal sheltering partners, local cultural liaisons, local tourist service providers, chamber of commerce, Homeowners Associations, behavioral health partners, single parent service provider agencies, local community center boards, local hearing loss partners, local deaf community liaisons, interpreter services, local Durable Medical Equipment service providers, local energy partners, local law enforcement, local fire, local life/safety training programs, local Medical Reserve Corps, local Public Information Officers’, local information and resource providers, local coroners, local faith based organizations, 211, any other planning/response/recovery/mitigation partners.