Chaffee County Emergency Management

What is the OEM
The Chaffee County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) plans, coordinates and supports a wide-range of activities that help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and large-scale emergencies, while also reducing vulnerabilities to hazards.

In Chaffee County, the Office of Emergency Management is a department within the county government that also serves the local municipalities, and special districts throughout the county. The OEM works very closely with the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and coordinates all efforts that require state and federal assistance.

What is the EOC
An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a command and control facility from which local governments can provide interagency coordination and executive decision making in support of incident response and recovery operations.

The purpose of the EOC is to provide a centralized location where public safety, emergency response, and support agencies coordinate planning, preparedness, and response activities.

The EOC is responsible for the strategic overview, or "big picture", of the disaster, and does not directly control field assets. Instead, the Emergency Support Functions (ESF's) make operational decisions and leave tactical decisions to the on-scene Incident Commander.

The common functions of all EOC's are to:
• Make decisions that protect life and property and disseminate those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals
• Set priorities and give guidance to Incident Management Teams
• Collect gather and analyze data
• Maintain continuity of government within the scope of applicable laws
• Manage, prioritize and procure resource requests
• Issue public information during disasters

Review Now Open for the 2021 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazards Mitigation Plan

The updated 2021-2026 Chaffee County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for public review and comment.

Read the full draft plan at

The Office of Emergency Management welcomes the public's feedback on the plan. Comments can be submitted at

Please provide comments by August 6, 2021

A print out of the plan is available upon request by calling 719.539.2218.

The current plan is an update to the 2016 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan per the five year update cycle required by FEMA and in compliance with the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. This update is a prerequisite to enable the County and participating jurisdictions to remain eligible to use federal pre- and post-disaster financial assistance.

The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan analyzes the County's vulnerabilities to natural hazards and identifies mitigation actions the jurisdictions in Chaffee County can take to minimize property damage and reduce the loss of life by lessening the impacts of disasters. 

The Hazard Mitigation Plan establishes the joint efforts of the County, City of Salida, Town of Buena Vista, and the Town of Poncha Springs to comprehensively assess and plan for natural hazards’ mitigation, response, and recovery efforts. It brings together local municipalities for pre-disaster planning on multiple natural hazard topics and incident types, ranging from avalanches to wildfires. It also ensures the County and their municipalities remain eligible for federal and state grant funding for hazards mitigation.

Other Items of Interest

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Richard Atkins
Emergency Manager
Cell 719.207.2730


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Local Emergency Response Agencies

(For emergencies, please call 911)

Buena Vista Fire Department

Buena Vista Police Department

Chaffee County EMS

Chaffee County Fire Protection District

Chaffee County Search & Rescue-North

Chaffee County Search & Rescue-South

Chaffee County Sheriff's Office

Salida Fire Department

Salida Police Department

South Arkansas Fire Protection District 

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