Integrated Incident Command: Colorado Floods 2013   [open pdf - 260KB]

From the Lessons Learned Information Sharing webpage of the Department of Homeland Security: "In September 2013, record rainfall in Colorado resulted in significant flooding, extensive damage to private property and public infrastructure, and six deaths statewide. Boulder County was among the hardest-hit communities. On September 12, the heaviest day of rainfall, more than eight inches of rainwater accumulated over a 12-hour period. By September 16, the month-to-date precipitation totals in Boulder County were 1.7 times higher than any monthly total since record keeping began in 1897. As a result of the rainfall and floods, the President declared a state of emergency and signed a Federal disaster declaration on September 14, 2013. During the ensuing incident response, teams and resources from a variety of Federal, state, and local organizations evacuated citizens, rescued trapped individuals, and assisted Boulder County with issues related to critical infrastructure emergencies. An integrated command structure oversaw and coordinated the response. The integrated command included the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Incident Support Team White (White IST), and the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, Team B (RMA Team B). The integrated command structure between RMA Team B and White IST was a new, unique arrangement for command and control of response operations. This innovative command structure ultimately supported collaboration across all participating organizations, allowed both RMA Team B and White IST to use their applicable skillsets, and promoted strong communication and coordination between response teams and the community."

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