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Emergency Management

Emergency Management      EMAP logo

The Division through the Emergency Management branch is responsible for the state's comprehensive emergency management program which supports local and state agencies. Activities and service cover the five phases of emergency management:

  1. Prevention
  2. Protection
  3. Mitigation
  4. Response
  5. Recovery

The DHSEM supports all hazards and disasters like flooding, tornadoes, wildfire, hazardous materials incidents and acts of terrorism.

Planning and training services to local governments include financial and technical assistance as well training and exercise support. Services are made available through local emergency managers supported by DHSEM staff assigned to specific areas of the state.

Duty Officer

A Duty Officer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support emergency managers and local jurisdictions in Colorado.  The Duty Officer program is managed by the DHSEM Operations Chief and is staffed with individuals from the Division. The Duty Officer is contacted by Colorado State Patrol Dispatch after a request has been received through the State of Colorado Emergency Operations Line.

State of Colorado Emergency Operations Line

As of June 30, 2012 the point of contact for counties to report wildland fires or to request any all-hazard assistance is the State of Colorado Emergency Operations Line at (303) 279-8855. 

This number will connect emergency managers with the on-duty communications personnel of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.  They will then notify the OEM Duty Officer and for a wildfire incident the appropriate Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Fire Management Officer. 






Wetmore Fire


Bioterrorism exercise

La Junta flooding


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