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Alan Colon

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Alan Colon is President of the Colorado Emergency Management Association (CEMA), representing all emergency management professionals in Colorado.  He previously served as Vice President, and as Treasurer of CEMA.  He also serves as the US Dept. of Justice ESF #13 Field Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Region, providing disaster law enforcement response and planning for Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, and responding to major disasters in all 50 states and all US territories.

Mr. Colon served as the first Emergency Manager for Commerce City, CO, commanding all emergency management and homeland security functions.  He created and built the Office of Emergency Management, the Incident Management Team, the Emergency Operations Center, and the Mobile Command Center.  Mr. Colon served as Incident Commander or EOC Director for hundreds of incidents, ranging from hazardous materials releases, to National Special Security Events, to natural disasters.   Mr. Colon also served as a member of the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Board of Directors.

From 1997-2010, Mr. Colon served on the command staff of the National Medical Response Team for Weapons of Mass Destruction, and also the Colorado Disaster Medical Assistance Team, responding to numerous national security special events, and disasters.

Mr. Colon has deployed to 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate; 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2013 Colorado Floods; 2013 North Dakota Floods; 2012 Waldo Canyon Wildfire; 2010 Boulder Fourmile Fire; 2005 Hurricane Katrina; 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics; 1997 Papal and Presidential visit.

Mr. Colon also served in law enforcement for 16 years in both Florida and Colorado, with assignments to emergency management, street crimes, auto theft, public housing, and aviation.