State EOC Activated Twice in First Weeks of January
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinated the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) twice in the first two weeks of January to support responses to statewide winter storms (Jan. 4-5) and high winds (Jan. 9-10).
Nearly 40 DHSEM staff activated in support of the snowstorm, a widespread incident that confirmed the division's capability to provide support for a statewide incident through both the activation of the EOC and remote deployment of state staff to support operations. This activation provided positive results in meeting DHSEM's goal to serve Colorado anytime, anywhere.
After the severe weather, DHSEM staff supported several counties in the South Region of the state as they recovered from the storms. Several counties including Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas faced suffered including power outages and storm damages.
State Voluntary Agency Liaison Officer Robyn Knappe and South Central Field Manager Christe Coleman mobilized to coordinate the following support:
- Activation of support through HelpColoradoNow.com website
- Activation of Colorado 2-1-1
- Mobilization of the Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) to include: