Operations

Overview

This section within the office is responsible for the State Emergency Operations Center and coordination with state agencies in support of local jurisdictions during emergency or disaster situations and for special events.  The Operations Section also includes:

  • Communications Manager
  • Resource Mobilization
  • State Emergency Operations Center Exercise Coordinator
  • Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)
  • State EOC Systems Administrator

Activation of the State Emergency Operations Center

  1. Initial request for activation could be from any Emergency Support Function (ESF), state agency, county, local or tribal jurisdiction.
  2. Operations Section Chief or delegate will communicate with requesting jurisdiction / agency and evaluate to determine if the request meets activation complexity requiring state assistance
  3. Operations Section Chief will make appropriate recommendations to Emergency Management Director for activation and make recommendations for the appropriate  activation level (Physically or Virtually)
  4. Notification of the SEOC activation and level will be communicated to DHSEM staff, ESF’s, federal and state partners via WebEOC, Dialogics, or any other means necessary depending upon the activation level. 

State Emergency Operations Center Activation Levels

Includes the following positions, sections and agencies activated at each level.  The State EOC activation guidelines and Emergency Support Function information is included in the Colorado Hazard and Incident Response and Recovery Plan.

Level III

The State EOC will be initially staffed using available DHSEM personnel for business hours only. Select state agencies (for example: CDPHE, CDPS, DMVA, CDOT) are notified they may be needed to report to the State EOC.

Level II

Primary DHSEM staff actively monitor the on-going incident. Command and General Staff will occupy positions in the State EOC. Selected state agency representatives are in the State EOC. Notification is made to all remaining state agencies and other support organizations to be on standby for activation.

Level I

Full activation of the State EOC with representatives from lead and supporting state departments and other agencies. Full 24-hour a day staffing may be required.
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