White House Author
Carolyn H Bluhm is the Community Relations Specialist for the City and County of Denver, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. For the last five years Carolyn has been the driving force behind the Denver Community Emergency Response Training (Denver CERT) and the Emergency Preparedness Programs which includes a special focus on diverse populations and organizations. She has provided thousands of hours of CERT and community preparedness trainings to community members and organizations in multiple diverse communities including Youth Organizations, low-income Hispanic neighborhoods, multi-ethnic Muslim populations, multi-tribal urban Native Americans, African American, Faith Based and Asian American communities. She volunteers much of her own time to address the training and technical assistance needs of these communities, working many evenings and weekends. Her efforts at a local church and with the Colorado Muslim Society resulted in the creation of a Spanish-bilingual CERT team with more than 60 members and a bi-lingual Arabic CERT team that can communicate in Farsi, Urdu, and Somali.