In March of 2021, a powerful late spring storm moved across the region producing wet and heavy snow. The Denver International Airport recorded 27.1 inches of snow which made this storm the 4th biggest snowstorm in Denver weather history, dating back to 1881.
The Denver Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) activated from Friday, March 12 through Monday, March 15 to manage and coordinate city operations for various agencies and departments who were responding to keep residents and visitors safe through the duration of the snow fall and clean up. The JIC worked to keep residents informed using emergency alerts to encourage people to stay off the roadways due to extremely dangerous and in some cases, impassable conditions. By the request of the mayor, the Colorado National Guard (CONG) was called upon to assist Denver in rescuing stranded motorists on the highways.
While this weather event was significant and many challenges presented as a result, our operation was successful in coordinating vital resources where they were needed most while keeping stakeholders and our citizens informed and safe.