Press Release

Initial Public Notice FEMA-4731-DR-CO

September 28, 2023

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes during the incident period of June 8 through June 23, 2023. This notice applies to Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs (HMGP) implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121-5207.

Greeley's Gold Hill Pipeline Identified for Further Review for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program

FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program has identified Greeley’s Gold Hill Pipeline project for further review. This project will reduce the impacts of any hazard that would cause either of Greeley’s water treatment plants to be taken offline, such as drought, wildfire, or cyberattack.

Colorado Community Disaster Resilience Zones (CDRZ) Designated by FEMA

FEMA designated nine census tracts in Colorado as Community Disaster Resilience Zones (CDRZ) on September 6, 2023. They are located in

  • Kit Carson County
  • Larimer County and Fort Collins
  • Logan County and Sterling,
  • Pueblo County
  • Sedgwick County
  • Yuma County

Communities may apply for FEMA mitigation grants through DHSEM and may receive an increased federal cost share for projects that are in, or primarily benefit, the designated zones.

HB23-1075 Agreement Executed to Begin Wildfire Evacuation Clearance and Modeling Study

House Bill 23-1075 assigns the Colorado Division of Homeland Security (DHSEM) with the identification and assessment of available technology for wildfire evacuation and clearance time modeling.  It also requires the evaluation specifically for developers to perform the evacuation modeling for proposed developments.  The bill lays out that for this report the stakeholders are limited to DOLA, DFPC, CDPS and other state agencies.  

Colorado Information Analysis Center Director Kevin McElyea Completes Executive Leaders Program at Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin McElyea, director of the Colorado Information and Analysis Center (CIAC), the state's fusion center, within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), recently completed the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) on August 11, 2023.

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State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) Announcement: Local Government Funding

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) announces local funding awarded by a grant opportunity through the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Resilience/Grant Program Directorate (GPD). Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-22-137-000-01.

Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Names Jim Burack as Deputy Director

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) names Jim Burack as the division’s new deputy director.  Burack joins DHSEM on August 1, 2023.  

“I am pleased to announce Jim as our new Deputy Director. He brings a diverse background across all of the division’s disciplines that is essential for supporting the success of our DHSEM teams,” said DHSEM Division Director Kevin Klein.

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Contact DHSEM

Agency Information
9195 E. Mineral Avenue, Suite 200
Centennial, CO  80112

Main Phone Number: 720-852-6600
Mineral Office Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

State of Colorado Emergency Operations line: 303-279-8855

Public Information Line: 720-432-2433

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