Denver, CO: WARRP Capstone

Event Description: 

The Wide Area Recovery and Resiliency Program (WARRP) Capstone Event was held on September 13-14, 2012 in Denver, CO.


The event aimed to celebrate and recognize the successes of nearly two years of work in the WARRP project by the local, state, and federal partners, as well as to inform the participants about the WARRP products and highlight the applied research projects that have contributed to the advancement of the understanding of wide-area Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) incident recovery and resiliency.


  • Discuss knowledge products that support a Whole Community approach to all-hazards recovery planning, in alignment with the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Program highlights include Denver UASI All-Hazards Regional Recovery Framework, urban area recovery planning tools, and recommendations for developing regional disaster recovery plans.
  • Review technical planning guidance that enables long-term recovery planning from a catastrophic CBR incident. Program highlights include CBR Annexes to Regional Recovery Framework, key planning factors guidance for CBR Incidents, and critical infrastructure and economic impact considerations for CBR incidents.
  • Showcase science and technology (S&T) development and demonstrations of material solutions. Program highlights include technical advances for wide area recovery and remediation operations following a catastrophic CBR incident.
  • Highlight transition process development to ensure successful transition of WARRP products to sustaining and operating agents. Program highlights include signed transition agreements with various state and federal agencies to carry the work and products of WARRP forward.
  • Provide a look ahead at recovery and resiliency for other regions of the country. Program highlights include new efforts underway to tackle a wider spectrum of challenges in a wider geographical area, including agricultural defense issues.


The event showcased the work accomplished during the two years of the WARRP project, including the demonstration of S&T products and tools, and utilized an educational and informative exhibition style format with Plenary Briefs, Panels, S&T demonstrations, and interactive display booths. Approximately 165 people representing federal, local, regional, state, and federal emergency management stakeholders, as well as law enforcement, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the private sector attended.

Thu, 09/13/2012 to Fri, 09/14/2012
Colorado Convention Center
Event Coordinator: 
Emilie Hill
Presenters or VIPs: 
Dr. Adam Cox, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA)
Mr. James H. Davis, Colorado Department of Public Safety
Ms. Stephanie O’Malley, Office of Mayor, City and County of Denver
Mr. Garry Briese, Denver WARRP
Mr. Clay Brown, Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
Mr. Tim Gablehouse, Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership, Inc.
Mr. Bret Waters, Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Mr. Curt Drennen, Colorado Department of Publich Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Ms. Elizabeth Zimmerman, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Ms. Donna Edwards, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)
Mr. Dave Hard, Colorado Department of Emergency Management (DEM)
Ms. Pat Williams, Denver Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Mr. Steve Stein, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Ms. Ann Lesperance, PNNL
Mr. Doug Hardy, Systems Center (SSC) Pacific
Ms. Wilthea Hibbard, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Mr. Mark Tucker, SNL
Mr. John Cardarelli, EPA