Whole Community Preparedness Programs

The Whole Community Preparedness Programs approach allows residents, neighborhoods, local officials, businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and emergency management officials to collectively understand and assess the needs of their respective communities, determine the best ways to organize their resources, and be prepared for emergency events.   Denver has embraced the “Whole Community Preparedness Programs” (WCPP) concept and invites our community partners to help build a stronger, more resilient community. If you would like to participate in any of the WCPPs offered, please contact Carolyn Bluhm, Community Relations Specialist, at carolyn.bluhm@denvergov.org unless otherwise noted.


This lunch and learn opportunity prepares the public for emergency events in the Denver area. During this program, we talk about Denver’s hazards, individuals responsibilities, making emergency plans, packing a kit, and important documents needed for individuals after a disaster.

The program is offered as a free service to local businesses in the Denver-Metro area, allowing businesses to better prepare their employees for emergencies.
The Denver’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) in partnership with The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL) to bring you The Community Awareness Program™ (CAP) to empower individuals to help play a role in enhancing our community’s safety.   The CAP is an interactive program delivered by trained instructors and provides individuals with the basic tools they need to recognize and prevent terrorist and criminal activity in their communities. 


The program is guided by the principle that every individual has a role to play in keeping our communities safe.   The CAP is currently being provided by Denver’s OEMHS and available to groups and organization throughout Denver and lasts approximately two and a half hours.

These conversations are intended to gather input from various populations in our community to discover ways to better work together to build a resilient community. During these discussions, we want to find out what different groups need from our office to be better prepared for emergency situations. 


This is a program offered to our community partners that have an interest in making Denver a better prepared community. The goal is to strengthen our community resilience through presentations ranging from 20 minute to one hour. They are presented to neighborhood groups, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, clubs, retirees, state and federal employees, and other interested parties.

The Denver CERT (FEMA course G317) is a three day disaster preparedness and response training program that includes how to plan for a disaster. 


The program teaches basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. At the completion of this training, participants are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in our community.

The monthly “Face to Face” is a two hour informational program open to the general public that increases your knowledge in emergency/disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation of local hazards. 


The Face to Face program is offered on the last Tuesday of each month.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)  is a program implemented by the federally by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is designed to emphasize local awareness and planning to ensure that all businesses and organizations that store hazardous materials have emergency plans to assist responders in the safe handling of material spills, leaks, or releases on their property. 

For more information regarding the LEPC, please contact Pat Williams, Deputy Director of Emergency Management, at Patricia.Williams2@denvergov.org.

Disaster Ready Club 
The Disaster Ready Club is a teen program for middle and high school age students. This training includes planning for disasters and teaching basic response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, family communication planning, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The participants of this program will receive a certificate of completion.

Disaster Ready Summer Camp
This youth Disaster Ready Summer Camp program is designed for elementary school age children in coordination with the Denver Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Parks and Recordation Department. The children are involved in disaster preparedness activities such as sheltering in place, medical first aid, and packing a kit.

Contact Us

The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

1437 Bannock Street, Room 3
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 720-865-7600
Fax: 720-865-7691
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