Business Emergency Resources
This page is intended to help provide business owners with tools and resources to be as prepared as possible in the event of an emergency situation. Sources have been gathered from a variety of organizations. The page will be updated with information as appropriate.
City of Boulder Emergency Preparedness Webpage
The City of Boulder has launched a new webpage to help community members learn how to be prepared for wildfires, floods and other emergencies.
- How to sign up for emergency alerts
- The different types of alerts and evacuation notifications
- How to put together your own go-bag
- How to create a safety plan for you and your family
- Links to the emergency updates blog and the Office of Disaster Management website
For a map-at-a-glace overview of situations impacting downtown (zone BO 019), Zonehaven's AWARE webpage provides a visual view of the downtown district.
Boulder County Emergency Mass Notification System
Boulder County Sheriff utilizes an emergency notification system that allows residents of the county and all cities within to be notified of emergency situations. Notifications can be received in a variety of ways, including cell, home and work phones, and by text messaging and/or email.
Individual Preparedness Activities: Active Shooter What to Do PDF
The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical. A prompt warning to employees to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. A call for help to public emergency services that provides full and accurate information will help the dispatcher send the right responders and equipment. An employee trained to administer first aid or perform CPR can be lifesaving. Action by employees with knowledge of building and process systems can help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment.
The first step when developing an emergency response plan is to conduct a risk assessment to identify potential emergency scenarios. An understanding of what can happen will enable you to determine resource requirements and to develop plans and procedures to prepare your business. The emergency plan should be consistent with your performance objectives. Read more.
Attacks in Crowded and Public Spaces
RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event - English (Video)
Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives.
Click on the links below to learn more about how you can help:
- An animated interactive video
- A web-based training program
- A downloadable instructor guide and student tools to provide in-person training
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Guide supplements the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video. Together, they create a virtual training tool designed to help develop an organization’s Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan.
Active Shooter Participant Workshop
The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for an active shooter scenario. This instructive video guides viewers through important considerations of EAP development utilizing the first-hand perspectives of active shooter survivors, first responder personnel, and other subject matter experts who share their unique insight.
The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Template is a fillable form useful in documenting an organization’s Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan.
Active Shooter Preparedness Webinar - The DHS Active Shooter PowerPoint Presentation is used by DHS qualified subject-matter experts as a visual reference to guide critical infrastructure owners and operators with a better understanding of developing an organization’s emergency action plan.
Securing Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resources - Soft Targets and Crowded Places (ST-CPs), such as sports venues, shopping venues, schools, and transportation systems, are locations that are easily accessible to large numbers of people and that have limited security or protective measures in place making them vulnerable to attack. DHS has been working for many years to address ST-CP security and preparedness, with recent shifts in the threat landscape calling for renewed departmental focus on leveraging and maximizing its ST-CP security authorities, capabilities, and resources in an integrated and coordinated manner.
US Department of Homeland Security:
The Pathway to Violence (Video - 11 minutes)
Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training (Video - 8 minutes)
Governor Jared Polis's Office:
Traumatic situations take a toll on all of us and support is critical. You can find helpful resources below:
- Colorado Crisis Services hotline: 1-844-493-8255
- National Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- If you are a parent, here is a link to helpful resources on how to discuss with your children.
Mental Health Partners Colorado:
- Community In Mourning
- Coping After Mass Violence
- Healing and Coping During Difficult Times (short videos)
National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center
AvoidDenyDefend.org (Texas State University)
- Avoid-Deny-Defend 8.5X11 PDF
- Surviving an Active Shooter Event - Civilian Response to Active Shooter
The FBI is committed to working with its partners to protect schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers, other public gathering sites, and communities.
The successful prevention of these active shooter incidents lies with a wide range of public and private entities all working together.
To that end, the FBI provides operational, behaviorally-based threat assessment and threat management services to help detect and prevent acts of targeted violence, helping academic, mental health, business, community, law enforcement, and government entities recognize and disrupt potential active shooters who may be on a trajectory toward violence. The Bureau also continues its research to identify indicators that could signal potential violent intent.
Boulder Police Department, Mental Health Partners of Colorado, Boulder Chamber, Downtown Boulder Partnership and the City of Boulder partnered to provide the Boulder business community two free workshops on Emergency Preparedness Training and Mental Health Support Guidance.
Talking About Trauma and the Process of Grief (April 2021):
Special presentation from Jillian Morrison with Mental Health Partners of Colorado. Jillian walks us through normal responses to trauma and educates us on how we can help ourselves, and others, to better understand and process grief.
Emergency Protocol Preparedness (April 2021):
When people assemble at any location, how important is it to protect against active harmer events? What can we do to protect ourselves? The participants will understand the threat of an active harmer and initiate response options for their business or facility.
(Last update: July 28, 2022)