Gov. Polis Activates Colorado National Guard to Help Assist with Extreme Cold Weather

An M973A1 Small Unit Support Vehicle , aka SUSV, clad in emergency lights and digital camouflage, claws its way through the snow at Taylor Park Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo., March 15, 2010. The SUSV, which is capable of traversing almost any terrain, is the primary vehicle used by the Colorado Army National Guard’s Snow Response Team. This relatively unknown asset can be used by the SRT to assist state and local rescue teams during nearly every type of disaster, state emergency or search and rescue. (Official U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph K. VonNida, Colorado National Guard/RELEASED)

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Recently, Governor Polis verbally authorized the activation of over 100 Colorado National Guard members to support extreme cold weather operations across Colorado as the state prepares to face extreme and record-low temperatures and wind.

“Colorado’s National Guard is up to the challenge whether it’s helping distribute the life-saving vaccine or respond to wildfires across our state. Colorado is about to face extreme weather and cold temperatures, and the Guard is ready to assist local communities in helping keep people safe during this extreme-cold weather snap,” said Governor Polis.

The verbal declaration activates the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center and the State Emergency Operations Plan. It directs the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to take all necessary and appropriate State actions to assist the affected jurisdictions with their response, recovery, and mitigation efforts. This also allows the OEM to mobilize state resources and make contracts and awards using Emergency Procurement Procedures.