The end of February I attended the Colorado Emergency Management Association Conference this week as a representative for The Blue Cell, LLC. This conference not only proved to be a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet key players in the field of emergency management here in Colorado but also helped me identify areas where the Blue Cell can be effective in helping organizations to mitigate their challenges and meet their goals. Some topics covered at the conference included; an Incident Roundtable covering the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires, Cultural and Historic Issues during Disasters, a discussion on the Colorado Information Analysis Center and how emergency managers partner with the fusion center, a presentation by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, Lessons Learned and Recovery Collaboration from last year's devastating fire season, and a presentation on how one Colorado County uses their EOC Exercise Plan to empower and educate others.
Some resounding similarities I discovered in each of these presentations are the importance of multi-organization coordination, leadership, team building, exercising before an incident occurs, synchronizing efforts and plans, sharing information, needing the right tools to successfully respond to an incident, and that frequently one hazard will become a multi hazard event.
The first step in improving your organization's ability to successfully prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies is to determine areas that need improvement and then identify the appropriate means of making those improvements.
The Blue Cell, LLC
Ashley Cox, Acquisitions Lead
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