This section within the office is responsible for the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and coordination with state and federal agencies in support of local jurisdictions during emergency or disaster situations and for special events. The Operations Section also includes:
- Resource Mobilization
- State Emergency Operations Planning
- SEOC Exercises
- Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)
- SEOC Systems
Activation of the State Emergency Operations Center
- Initial request for activation could be from any Emergency Support Function (ESF), state agency, county, local or tribal jurisdiction.
- Operations Section Chief or delegate will communicate with requesting jurisdiction / agency and evaluate to determine if the request meets activation complexity requiring state assistance.
- Emergency Operations Center Manager, in consultation with the Operations Section Chief, will make recommendations to Emergency Management Director for the appropriate activation level.
- Notification of the SEOC activation and level will be communicated to DHSEM staff, ESF’s, federal and state partners via phone calls, text messages, email, WebEOC, and 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.
Routine operations and activities, including ongoing statewide coordination and information integration. Core team members are available at any time or location to provide support to local jurisdictions. Operational readiness is maintained through monitoring and assessing potential threats and hazards.
A situation or threat has been identified that requires enhanced monitoring and coordination. The SEOC will be initially staffed using available DHSEM personnel. Select state agencies (for example: CDPHE, CDPS, DMVA, CDOT) are notified they may be needed to report to the SEOC.