Roles and Responsibilities

  • Update the State of Colorado Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
  • Administer the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs
  • Administer the State Hazard Mitigation Program
  • Chair the State Hazard Mitigation Team
  • Oversee post-disaster mitigation operations and coordinate mitigation resources
  • Participate on hazard mitigation task forces, councils, and forums
  • Conduct mitigation trainings, workshops, and exercises
  • Promote local hazard mitigation planning
  • Review local hazard mitigation plans
  • Conduct 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

Mitigation Planning Specialist

Emily Palmer

Project Contacts

Debbie Goerlitz

Julie Beyers