"Colorado Remembers" marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in a somber Denver ceremony that also included recognition of those who fought this summer's wildfires, including the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, and the 12 people killed and 58 injured in Aurora at the hand of James Holmes. Guest speakers included Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Aurora Fire Chief Mike Garcia and John Elway, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos.
Closer to home, UCCS students, including CHS student employee Danielle Glassner, planted 2,400 American flags on campus and observed a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
A detailed CHS empirical study of individual and community preparedness associated with the (prophetic) October 2011 "Up in Smoke" full-scale exercise in Colorado Springs revealed what most people already sense: individuals and communities across the United States are not sufficiently prepared for natural and man-made disasters. In response, FEMA is now considering a $1.2 million CHS proposal, with the participation of El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton and Colorado Springs Emergency Management Director Bret Waters, to identify weaknesses in planning and resiliency and provide tailored training to close the gaps in approximately 135 communities across the country. The training combines online and onsite classes and results in a certificate of Whole Community Preparedness and Resiliency Planning (WCPRP Certificate). Participants will emerge certified as Whole Community Planners with the following documents: Whole Community Strength and Weakness report (derived from community member surveys); Whole Community Mitigation Plan; and Whole Community Resilience Plan. Additionally, participants will identify and work throughout the program with at least 30 community members from the local government, first responders, business, nonprofit organizations, and local neighborhoods.