The mitigation team supports:

  • Updates the State of Colorado Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
  • Administers the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs
  • Administers the State Hazard Mitigation Program
  • Chairs the State Hazard Mitigation Team
  • Oversees post-disaster mitigation operations and coordinate mitigation resources
  • Participates on hazard mitigation task forces, councils, and forums
  • Conducts mitigation trainings, workshops, and exercises
  • Promotes local hazard mitigation planning
  • Reviews local hazard mitigation plans
  • Conducts mitigation awareness campaigns

Types of technical assistance available to local jurisdictions

  • Facilitating a planning process
  • Ensuring public involvement criteria are met
  • Conducting risk assessments
  • Identifying and selecting mitigation strategies
  • Applying for grants
  • Reporting grant-related activities
  • Requesting reimbursements
  • Understanding environmental and historic preservation conditions
  • Successfully closing out grants


Mitigation Contacts

The team provides a point of contact for technical assistance on hazard mitigation planning and grants.

State Hazard Mitigation Officer

Mark Thompson

State and Local Mitigation Planning Program Manager

Irene Merrifield

Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer

Emily Drosselmeyer

Project Contacts

Debbie Goerlitz

Julie Beyers