Office of Emergency Management

Emergency Op​erations Center

An emergency operations center (EOC) is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness and emergency management, or disaster management functions at a strategic level during an emergency, and ensuring the continuity of operation of a company, political subdivision or other organization.

An EOC is responsible for strategic direction and operational decisions and does not normally directly control field assets, instead leaving tactical decisions to lower commands. The common functions of EOCs is to collect, gather and analyze data; make decisions that protect life and property, maintain continuity of the organization, within the scope of applicable laws; and disseminate those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) serves all of Archuleta County and assists Hinsdale and Mineral Counties with emergency management and coordination in the southern portions of their counties. We are responsible for the following areas:

Emergency Operations

Coordinate, Respond, Recover, Mitigate, and Plan for large emergencies and incidents in Archuleta County. We provide for protection of life, health, safety, welfare, and property of the public and community; as well as assist community members in solving problems related to emergency management. The EOC also coordinates multiple training opportunities for the county.

Multi-agency Coordination

This is the combination of personnel, facilities, equipment, procedures, and communications integrated into a common system. When activated, the Multi-agency Coordination (MAC) System has the responsibility for the coordination of assisting agency resources and support in a multi-agency or multi-jurisdictional environment. Archuleta County has a MAC meeting bi-monthly.

Joint Information Coordination

A Joint Information System (JIS) provides the mechanism to organize, integrate, and coordinate information to ensure timely, accurate, accessible, and consistent messaging across multiple jurisdictions and/or disciplines with non-governmental organizations and the private sector. A JIS includes the plans, protocols, procedures, and structures used to provide public information. Federal, State, tribal, territorial, regional, or local Public Information Officers and established Joint Information Centers (JICs) are critical supporting elements of the JIS. Archuleta Office of Emergency management has recently started up a JIC and will continue to meet every few months to stay updated.

Resource Management

It is the efficient and effective deployment for an organization's resources when they are needed.

Incident Management

If an incident becomes complex, additional resources are brought in to address the emergency, and higher levels of management training and capability are required

Archuleta County Emergency Plans, Resolutions and Ordinances

Archuleta County Stage 1 Fire Restriction - 2020
​Emergency Operations Plan
Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Extended Power Outage Plan
Winter Storm Plan
Ordinance No. 18-2017 (Ordinance for the regulation of Open Burning)
EOC Management Plan
Emergency Alert and Notification Plan
Declaration of Local Disaster - COVID-19


Contact Us

  1. Mike Le Roux
    Director of Emergency Operations

    777 County Rd. 600
    P.O. Box 638
    Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

    Ph: (970) 731-4799
    Fx: (970) 731-4800

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