Intro & History

Ours is a digital age where the virtual world must be fully engaged.
The Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team (COVOST) grew out of the Jefferson County Virtual Operations Support Team (JeffcoVOST).
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Type III Incident Management Team realized that the modern information sharing strategy must differ from traditional press release based ‘pad n paper’ media outreach. In 2013, the Sheriff’s Office thus created and activated, in partnership with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the JeffcoVOST.
The intent from the beginning was to define and refine the integrated social media and public information strategy. The Sheriff’s Office used the JeffcoVOST to not only support the information strategy but also to gather information for the purpose of informing and influencing the planning and operational response while simultaneously providing vital overall situational awareness.
In March of 2014, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) took over management  of the JeffcoVOST and rebranded the team as the COVOST.
The COVOST is specifically designed to be a resource that will be available to the state of Colorado and any local agency that wishes to fully experience the dual benefits of engaging with, and listening and responding to, the modern virtual landscape.
The COVOST is not meant to replace or substitute any social media response or plan. The COVOST is a resource that can be activated to supplement or enhance a community’s existing social media for emergency management (SMEM) plan.
The virtual operations and SMEM world is a relatively new realm with exciting possibilities. The Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team stands ready to further define and refine this virtual arena while leading and supporting communities across Colorado as they continue to mold SMEM into the powerful reality we already know it to be.

Activation History

Event/Incident NameAgency SupportedDateTotal Staffing Hours
2013 Jefferson County FloodsJefferson County Sheriff's OfficeSeptember - 2013250
Sgt. Dave Baldwin Memorial ServiceJefferson County Sheriff's OfficeJanuary - 201424
2014 USA Pro-Cycling ChallengeCO-DHSEM and City of Colorado SpringsAugust - 2014171
CAUSE III International ExperimentMultiple USA and Canada VOSTsNovember - 201427
Ferguson related protests in BoulderBoulder Police DepartmentDecember - 201418
2015 Alpine World Ski-ChampionshipsEagle County Joint Information CenterFebruary - 2015420
420 EventsUniversity of Colorado - Boulder, Police DepartmentApril - 2015116
2015 GOP Presidential DebatesUniversity of Colorado - Boulder, Police DepartmentOctober - 201555
Planned Parenthood ShootingCity of Colorado SpringsNovember - 201566
2016 XGamesPitkin County OEMJanuary - 2016100
Total Hours1253

 

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