The Collaborative works principally through existing coalitions and association, obtaining information on community and industry gaps impacting community resiliency. Gaps are brought to the attention of the board for prioritization and attention. Once solutions are created, they are offered to stakeholders and communities. Examples of key initiatives underway include development of:

  1. Family Reunification Planning Guides, including those for Hospital Reception Sites (drafted), Family Reunification Centers (drafted), and Call Centers (pending). These Guides will remain fluid and need to be tested, but are available for customization.
  2. A video teaching how to adapt the Incident Command System (ICS) structure to industry-specific needs. The abbreviated ICS 100 course will be made available this Fall so that stakeholders may use an easy-to-understand training platform to understand ICS and then take the FEMA certification test.
  3. An interactive and entertaining Internet-based Game to practice ICS roles. This simulation tool will be scalable and adaptable to schedules and player needs.

The Collaborative also supports the work of other coalitions and associations. A recent hallmark agreement was reached with the Arizona Pediatric Disaster Coalition for the Collaborative to serve as managing partner. The Collaborative will soon launch a linked website and help to plan a national conference.

The Collaborative was envisioned in 2004, but did not achieve nonprofit status until 2011. The organization is sponsored primarily by the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and works closely with this agency on projects and priorities.

The mission of the Coyote Crisis Collaborative is to provide tools, experience, education and information to facilitate continuous improvement for community disaster preparedness and response. The primary goals are to 1) foster local and regional alliances to address specific needs, 2) plan and facilitate exercises, 3) provide tools, technology, and relevant expertise, and 4) publish Best Practices, findings and other materials.

For information, contact Deb Roepke, Executive Director of the Coyote Crisis Collaborative, at 480.861.5722 or