A number of individuals and agencies have come together to create Disaster READY Training for students. All have in common a goal that every Coloradan will be ready for any disaster, and a vision that youth can help make that happen. We know that teens everywhere are making a difference and getting involved in many social responsibility issues, and are excited to offer this teen-targeted training.
The training program is sponsored by READYColorado, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, and the City and County of Denver on behalf of the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative. Participation in the training is provided at no charge to the attendee. Funding for the program is provided by a FEMA/U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security coordinates state, regional and local efforts to prepare Colorado’s communities to be capable of preventing attacks and protecting against, responding to, and recovering from all hazards by developing, implementing, resourcing, exercising, and evaluating our State Homeland Security Strategy.
READYColorado is a public awareness campaign supported by public and private partners concerned with homeland security and all-hazards preparedness. Its goal is to raise awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness among Colorado citizens.
The Colorado Department of Human Services’ goal is the creation, development, and implementation of the nation’s leading state disaster mental health preparedness and response system. The agency provides a standardized system of operation focused on cultural congruence, strategic communication, cross-discipline collaboration in planning, and cooperation in response.
Citizen Corps is FEMA’s grassroots strategy to bring together citizens, community leaders, and government in all-hazard emergency preparedness and resilience. “Get Prepared, Get Trained, and Get Involved,” summarize the messages Citizen Corps programs are asking communities throughout the U.S. to embrace and implement in their lives.
The Colorado Information Analysis Center, or CIAC (pronounced “kayak”) was created to protect Colorado citizens and critical infrastructure from all hazards, including terrorism. This centralized resource collects, analyses, and disseminates all-hazards information to stakeholders throughout Colorado, and the United States.
The Denver UASI partnership includes twenty-four cities, counties and fire districts. Since the inception of Denver UASI, millions of dollars have been spent equipping and training first responders.
The American Red Cross Mile High Chapter serves 19 counties: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Lake, Mineral, Park, Rio Grande, Saguache and Summit. The Mile High Chapter also serves as a “Center of Expertise,” providing financial and technical support for the other Colorado chapters, and serves as the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces station for Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.