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State Emergency Operations Plan

State of Colorado Emergency Operations Plan 2015

Each level of government is responsible, by law, for the safety of its citizens. Citizens expect that State and local governments will keep them informed and provide assistance in the event of an emergency or disaster. All levels of government share the responsibility for working together in preparing for, mitigating, preventing, responding to, and recovering from the effects of an emergency or disaster event.

The SEOP provides direction to State agencies and some volunteer agencies in responding to emergencies or disasters. It delineates emergency response procedures, responsibilities, lines of authority, and continuity of Government. The format is compatible to the National Response Framework (NRF) by using a functional approach to providing assistance. In this functional approach, emergency support functions, i.e., transportation, communications, information and planning, etc., have been assigned to a lead State agency with other departments in supporting roles. The lead department is responsible for developing and maintaining the appropriate annex and for seeing that tasks are completed during emergency operations.

The purpose of the State of Colorado Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) is to identify the roles, responsibilities and actions of State government in disasters. Emergency operations plans address the ability to direct, control, coordinate and manage emergency operations. Each level of government should respond to an incident using its available resources, to include the use of mutual aid, and may request assistance from the next higher level of government, if required (i.e., municipality to county; county to State, State to Federal government).

When local government capabilities are taxed, state government has resources and expertise available to provide emergency or disaster assistance. The State will modify normal operations and redirect resources to assist and support local governments in saving lives, relieving human suffering, sustaining survivors, protecting property, and reestablishing essential services. Federal government resources and expertise can be mobilized to augment emergency or disaster efforts beyond the capabilities of state government.

State Emergency Operations Plan - 2015

The State Emergency Operations Plan is broken down into the following areas within the document:

  • Executive Summary
  • State Emergency Operations Plan
  • Emergency Support Functions (ESF)
    • ESF 1 Transportation
    • ESF 2 Communications
    • ESF 3 Public Works and Engineering
    • ESF 4 Fire Fighting
    • ESF 5 Emergency Management
    • ESF 6 Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing and Human Services
    • ESF 6a Care of  Companion  and Service Animals
    • ESF 7 Resource Support
    • ESF 8 Public Health and Medical Services
    • ESF 8a Behavior Health
    • ESF 9 Search and Rescue
    • ESF 10 Oil and Hazardous Materials Response
    • ESF 11 Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • ESF 12 Energy
    • ESF 13 Public Safety and Security
    • ESF 14 Long-Term Community Recovery
    • ESF 15 External Affairs
  • Incident Annexes
    • Annex I - Biological 
    • Annex II - Cyber 
    • Annex III - Foreign Animal Disease
    • Annex IV - Terrorism Law Enforcement and Investigation
    • Annex V - Winter Storm
    • Annex VI - Flood
    • Annex VII - Landslide and Debris Flow
    • Annex VIII - Earthquake
    • Annex IX - Tornado
    • Annex X - Drought
    • Annex XI - Mass Casualty
    • Annex XII - Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)
    • Annex XIII - Volcanic Event
    • Annex XIV - Space Object Debris
    • Annex XV - Wildfire 
    • Annex XVI - Continuity of Government

Wetmore Fire


Bioterrorism exercise

La Junta flooding


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