The mission of the Emergency Services Department is to protect Huerfano County by developing, coordinating, and implementing executable plans to prevent, mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from all hazard events.

Vision: Enable Huerfano County and supporting agencies to efficiently build a resilient community prepared to respond and recover from all hazards and disasters.

Preparedness

The purpose of HMAC is to provide a forum where the operation leads from all local Huerfano County’s Emergency Service providers meet with their counterparts in other services, districts or jurisdictions, & also with those from State and Federal agencies.   Here you can discuss, plan, and prioritize coordination of services in response to those incidents which may involve a multi-agency response.  Resource gaps and available resources can be identified prior to an actual incident, and the coordination of a combined response to future incidents can be worked out beforehand.

The meetings will, over time, cover multiple topics including: wildfire, law enforcement operations, evacuations and public notifications, EMS services, Hazmat, and any other potential emergency response.  Planning for natural, technological, or human caused incidents and disasters will be considered. This group is made up of a variety of stakeholders that are willing to assist in problem solving, process improvement and implementation for all hazards.

The LEPC is a federally mandated entity composed of state and local officials, business representatives and members of the public. The LEPC will work to identify industrial hazardous materials and the community informed of any potential risks. If your company is required to keep a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) on file for any chemicals stored or used in the workplace in quantities equal to or greater than the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ), you must report it.

The LEPC meets quarterly during a set HMAC meeting time. If you are interested in attending or becoming a part of this committee please contact the County Emergency Manager.

Huerfano County’s Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook has been designed to serve as a guide for gathering information and supplies for any individual to have what they need during an event. Remember, ultimately, you are responsible for yourself!

Response

During an emergency, you may receive instructions to shelter in place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. Select a small, interior room with minimal to no windows, and take shelter there. 

  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Bring all persons and animals with you
  • Have your family disaster supplies ready with you. For more advice on a safety kit, please see Huerfano County’s Emergency Preparedness Workbook or https://www.ready.gov/kit
  • Listen to radio, television or for a CodeRed message with further instructions

In the event of a sudden event, you may just have minutes to gather your family and leave your home. By taking time before an event, you can positively impact your family’s response.

  • Arrange your evacuation ahead of time; don’t wait until the last minute to plan.
    • Know where to go, map routes, create a meeting place for your family
  • Plan what to take.
    • Have a go bag ready- Use Huerfano County’s Emergency Preparedness Workbook under the Prepare tab
  • Create a home inventory to assist with insurance purposes and have important documents with you
  • Practice and review these plans with your family!

2018 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Huerfano County and several participating jurisdictions prepared this local hazard mitigation plan to guide hazard mitigation planning in order to better protect the people and property within the county from the effects of hazard events. This plan demonstrates the communities' commitment to reducing risks from hazards and serves as a tool to help decision makers direct mitigation activities and resources. The plan is intended to be a living document through ongoing implementation and regular updates every five years. We will soon begin working on a new update for approval in 2023.

2021 Recovery and Resiliency Base Plan

The Recovery Base Plan was created after the Spring Fire in 2018. The plan is a framework for use in Huerfano County in preparation for and response to disasters to guide Huerfano County's recovery and resiliency efforts. As the County experiences future events, disaster specific annexes will be added.

Contact Us

Brittney Ciarlo
Huerfano County Emergency Manager
Office: 719-738-3000 x 121
Cell: 719-989-8977
Email: bciarlo@huerfano.us 

Courtney Royse
Huerfano County Dispatch Manager
Office:719-738-3000 x 315
Cell:719-250-5558
Email: croyse@huerfano.us

Jordan Barela
Mitigation & Planning Specialist
Office: 719-738-3000 x 122
Cell: 719-431-4006
Email: jbarela@huerfano.us

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