Preparedness Office Organization Chart

Office of Preparedness Overview

The Office of Preparedness (OP) provides a full range of services to enhance preparedness in the state. The Office administers statewide all-hazards preparedness programs through its sections and manages various Federal preparedness grant programs. The Office also coordinates the state employee emergency alert system to notify employees in the case of an emergency. The Office includes the following four business units: Grants and Contracts, Preparedness, Statewide Interoperable Communications, and Training and Exercise.

Grants and Contracts

The Grants and Contracts Section manages four distinct function areas of responsibilities within DHSEM. These function include: Overseeing and managing all grant programs managed by the Office of Preparedness – Homeland Security Grant Programs (HSGP), State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSP), UASI Grant Program, Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP), and State and Local Interoperable Grant Program (SLIGP); Managing the sub-award grant contracting process for all grant programs managed by DHSEM; Managing the division-wide sub-recipients monitoring for all grant programs managed by DHSEM; and Managing the grants management system used by all grant programs managed by DHSEM. In addition, the Grants and Contracts section provides support to sub-recipients and internal staff through publishing the Grant Management Guide; Application Preparation Workshops and one-on-one grant training. This section also provides financial administration for various grant programs including annual grant programs.

Preparedness Program

The Preparedness Program coordinates with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector partners and other local, regional, state and Federal partners to enhance the resiliency of our communities through education and outreach with community and private-sector partners. This section is the lead on the implementation of the Emergency Alert System for state employees and manages the initiative to develop and maintain a statewide Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection Program (PRND) program. This program serves as the liaison between the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Committee (CEPC) and Local Emergency Preparedness Committees (LEPC) for HAZMAT preparedness.

Statewide Interoperable Communications (SWIC)

This unit is responsible for managing and updating the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan.  It is also the point of contact for technical assistance from the Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC); the state contact for the Integrated Public and Alert Warning System (IPAWS); and responsible for the Digital Trunked Radio System (DTRS) needs assessment and business plan.  More information about SWIC can be found on the SWIC tab.

Training and Exercise

The Training and Exercise program is responsible for facilitating state-level training that supports the State Homeland Security Strategy and State Preparedness Goal. The section works with local agencies and the regions to ensure greater coordination in planning local and regional exercises. This section leads the integration of state-level training with local, regional and federal training programs, and works collaboratively with stakeholders for both training and exercise planning and implementation. The section also ensures compliance with exercise and training support documentation records and submission of reports for federal compliance. The Training Section coordinates the delivery of courses in the field for primarily to local responders as well as internal staff professional development plans.

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Office of Preparedness Organization Chart

Office of Preparedness organization chart

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