Should the City and County of Broomfield be impacted by a disaster or significant emergency and based on the type of disaster and the impacted area, the following plans could be implemented:
- Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
- Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) which incorporates response and recovery
- Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)
- Oil and Gas Evacuation Plans
Broomfield's COOP establishes policy and guidance to promote the coordinated execution of the prioritized mission-essential functions in the event that an emergency threatens or incapacitates normal operations. The COOP, which complements the EOP, enables the return to normal operating conditions as soon as practical based on circumstances and:
- Identifies authority and standards
- Identifies applicability and scope
- Provides planning expectations and guidelines
- Defines plan maintenance requirements
- Establishes a Concept of Operations
- Describes roles and responsibilities
The purpose of the EOP is to provide a consistent framework to enable Broomfield to work together internally, with other jurisdictions, and the private sector to respond to, and recover from, the effects of emergencies regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. The plan uses the principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as its backbone and reflects the concepts of the National Response Framework (NRF), the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), and the Colorado State Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) to ensure seamless integration among all contributors during response and recovery. The EOP provides policy options to support emergency operations and recovery activities and establishes operational priorities that determine the allocation of resources.
The EOP also defines and assigns the required capabilities that are identified to effectively respond to and recover from hazards that may impact Broomfield. Each capability will be detailed individually. By coordinating the capabilities needed to respond to a specific emergency, a true all-hazard response and recovery plan can be developed.
COOP, response, and recovery activities may appear as individual practices, instituted independently and sequentially. In reality, as demonstrated below, they overlap and are dependent on one another. Response and recovery activities cannot be implemented effectively if the functions of government are not available due to the disaster's impact. Some response and recovery activities will begin prior to restoration of all mission essential functions identified in the COOP.
As of August 2022, the most recent Hazard Mitigation Plan is in the final review phase with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management before it is sent to be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the plan is to provide Broomfield officials and their partners with a tool to guide policies and actions that can be implemented to reduce risk and future losses from natural and select human-caused hazards. Formal approval of this plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also assures that Broomfield will remain eligible for federal grant funding under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. Participation in the multi-hazard mitigation planning process also allows jurisdictions to earn planning credits for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS).