Plans Section Overview

The Planning Program is responsible for strategic and continuity planning for the State of Colorado. This includes preparing the State Homeland Security Strategy, the Colorado Hazard and Incident Response and Recovery Plan and assisting with the State Continuity of Operations Plans.

National Response Framework Second Edition

FEMA has released the Second Edition of the National Response Framework (NRF). Primarily, the NRF is the plan that the federal government uses when it responses to a disaster.  The specifics of any changes have not been  released, however one item that appears to be getting quite a bit of attention is a Federal Interagency Operations Plan (FIOP).  The FIOP is all-hazards and response oriented.  Supposedly it will revolve around the scenarios or incidents that are listed in the Strategic National Risk Assessment.  Lessons learned from Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, the New Madrid earthquake exercise, 2012 national political conventions, etc are to be included.

The NRF is the foundation document for the Colorado Hazard and Incident Response and Recovery Plan.  Colorado and many other states use the format in their plans to provide a common understanding which could be critical during EMAC type situations.  

Colorado Hazard and Incident Response and Recovery Plan

The Colorado Hazard and Incident Response and Recovery Plan provides general guidance on state-level support to impacted local jurisdictions for response activities.  The plan will, to the best extent possible, adhere to federal incident management guidance, inter- and intra-state lessons learned from no-notice or short -notice incidents and pre-planned events, and federal grant guidance. 

Continuity of Operations Plan

Continuity planning is a fundamental responsibility of public institutions and private entities to our citizens.  Continuity planning facilitates the performance of essential functions during an emergency situation that disrupts normal operations and /or the timely resumption of normal operations once the emergency has ended.  A strong continuity plan provides the organization with the means to address the numerous issues involved in performing essential functions and services during an emergency. Without detailed and coordinated continuity plans and effective continuity programs to implement these plans, jurisdictions risk leaving our citizens without vital services in what could be their time of greatest need. Continuity Guidance Circular 1 was developed to provide direction for the development of continuity plans and programs for non-federal entities.


The Planning program also provides templates for creating jurisdictional plans. Templates currently available include ESF Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Functional EOP