Emergency Management

Emergency Management works to protect lives and property in Rio Blanco County through effective emergency management practices and procedures.  The office coordinates with local response agencies to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from natural or human caused emergency situations.


Emergency Management leads, manages and coordinates local-level actions for all-hazards preparedness, natural hazards mitigation, emergency response and disaster recovery in support of the incorporated towns and emergency service providers in Rio Blanco County. 
Emergency Operations Plan:

The Rio Blanco County Emergency Operations Plan is an all-discipline, all-hazards plan that establishes a single, comprehensive framework for the management of domestic incidents.  It provides the structure and mechanisms for the coordination of local support as well as coordination with state and federal agencies.  The plan is important in the mission or reducing the vulnerability to all natural and human-caused hazards, minimizing the damage, and assisting in the recovery from any type of incident that occurs.  The plan consist of the components listed below.  

Rio Blanco County Emergency Operations Base Plan (EOP)

Base Plan describes the structure and processes and processes comprising a countywide approach to incident management designed to integrate the efforts and resources of local government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations.  The Base Plan includes planning assumptions, roles and responsibilities, policies, initial actions, and plan maintenance instructions.

Emergency Support Functions (ESF) Annexes:

ESF's detail the missions, policies, structures, and responsibilities of local agencies for coordinating resources and programmatic support to local agencies or other jurisdictions and entities during incidents.  

Emergency Support Function 1 - Transportation
Emergency Support Function 2 - Communications
Emergency Support Function 3 - Public Works and Engineering
Emergency Support Function 4 - Firefighting
Emergency Support Function 5 - Emergency Management
Emergency Support Function 6 - Mass Care, Housing and Human Services
Emergency Support Function 7 - Resource Support
Emergency Support Function 8 - Public Health and Medical Services
Emergency Support Function 9 - Search and Rescue
Emergency Support Function 10 - Hazardous Materials
Emergency Support Function 11 - Agriculture 
Emergency Support Function 12 - Energy and Public Utilities
Emergency Support Function 13 - Public Safety and Security
Emergency Support Function 14 - Community Recovery and Mitigation
Emergency Support Function 15 - External Affairs

Supporting Documents, Incident and Event Annexes:

Appendices contain definitions, agreements and specific plans for incidents and/or events that are likely to occur in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.  These Plans are considered adopted by reference as they are signed by the affected participants. For further information or questions on the below appendices please call Ty Gates Emergency Manager at 970-878-9623.

Appendix A - Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terms
Appendix B - Emergency Operations Center Activation Guidelines 
Appendix C - Rio Blanco county All-Risk Mutual Aid Agreement 
Appendix D - Annual Operating Plan for Wildfires 
Appendix E - Rio Blanco county Resource Management 
Appendix F - Damage Assessment Plan 
Appendix G - Evacuation Plan (includes special needs evacuation/sheltering)
Appendix H - Disaster Declaration Process 
Appendix I - Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Plan - Pending
Appendix J- Public Health Plans (Pandemic Flu, Ect.)- Pending
Appendix K - Animal Response Team (CART) Plan 
Appendix L - Public Information and Warning 
Appendix M - Utility Restoration Plan 
Appendix N - Hazardous Materials Plan
Appendix O - Explosive Materials Response Plan 
Appendix P - Mass Fatalities Plan - Pending
Appendix Q - Severe Weather Plan 
Appendix R - Roles and Responsibilities 
Appendix S - Response to Terrorism Plan
Appendix T - Major Incident Communications Plan - Pending
Appendix U - Join Information System Protocols
Appendix V - Rapid Needs Assessment - Draft
Appendix W - Debirs Management Plan
Appendix X - Rio Blanco County HCC Plan
Appendix Y - Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Appendix Z - RBC Threat & Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  1. Emergency Contacts
  2. Emergency Notifications
  3. Emergency Preparedness
Emergencies: Call 9-1-1 or 970-878-9600

Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office

555 Main Street / PO Box 1460 
Meeker, CO 81641
Phone: 970-878-9600  
 Fax: 970-878-3127  
 Sheriff: Anthony Mazzola  

Meeker Police Department
Rangely Police Department
345 Main Street
Meeker, CO 81641
209 E. Main
Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: 970-878-5555
Phone: 970-675-8466
Chief: Phil Stubblefield
Chief: Vince Wilczek

Rio Blanco Fire Protection District
Rangely Fire District                    
240 7th Street / P.O. Box 737
Meeker, CO 81641
115 Nichols Street
Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: 970-878-3443
Phone: 970-675-5093
Chief: Luke Pelloni
Chief: Andy Shaffer

Rio Blanco Fire Protection District
Rangely District Hospital             
240 7th Street / P.O. Box 737
Meeker, CO 81641
225 Eagle Crest Drive
Rangely, CO 81648
Phone: 970-878-3443
Phone: 970-675-5011
Chief: Luke Pelloni
EMS Director: Shanna Kinney