Emergency Management

Archuleta County Sheriff's Office - Division of Emergency Management
Our Program servers all of Archuleta County and assist Hinsdale and Mineral Counties with emergency management and coordination in the southern portions of their counties.  We are responsible for the following areas:
  • Emergency Management
    Coordinate, Respond, Recover, Mitigate, and Plan for large emergency's in Archuleta County.  
    and other county-level incidents. We provide for protection of life, health, safety, welfare, and property of the public and community; as well as assists community members in solving problems related to emergency management.  Emergency Management also coordinates training for the county.
  • Multi agency Coordination
    The combination of personnel, facilities, equipment, procedures, and communications integrated into a common system. When activated, the Multiagency Coordination (MAC) System has the responsibility for coordination of assisting agency resources and support in a multiagency or multi-jurisdictional environment. Archuleta County has a MAC meeting once a month.
  •  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 nongovernmental 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 keep each other updated.
  • Resource Management
      Is the efficient and effective deployment for an organization's resources when they are needed.
  • Incident Management
    As an incident becomes complex additional resources are called in to address the emergency, and higher levels of management training and capability are required.

Archuleta County Emergency Management Plans:
  • Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2012
    Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans are required by Congress pursuant to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.  The Emergency Management Division of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office and its partners drafted the Archuleta County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.  This plan aims to make our communities safer and more resilient; it provides funding sources to complete mitigation projects, as well as makes the county eligible for additional grant assistance when a disaster occurs.


    Do to the nature of the plan, local participation in plan development was very important.  The Archuleta County Multi-Agency Coordination Group, a local mitigation planning committee, and local subject matter experts were utilized to acquire the best possible information.  In addition, the plan was put through a public review process.
    The Archuleta County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan includes:
    -     Official participation by The Town of Pagosa Springs, The Pagosa Fire Protection District, and The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District
    -     Contributions by other county, state, tribal, federal, and private partners
    -     Evaluation of critical infrastructure / resources
    -     Assessment of current capabilities
    -     Mapping of potential hazards, infrastructure, and resources
    -     Prioritization of cost effective mitigation projects that meet community needs

    Related links:
    -     Archuleta County 2013 Adoption Resolution