Emergency Plans

Emergency Operations Plan

The purpose of the San Miguel County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is to provide general guidelines and principles for planning, managing, and coordinating the overall response and recovery activities of San Miguel County before, during and after major events. This includes major events that affect unincorporated areas of the county. Incorporated areas of the county are highly encouraged to update their existing emergency plans regularly. The EOP base plan:

  • Identifies the roles, responsibilities and actions of county departments and offices, participating agencies and special districts during the response to emergencies and disasters.
  • Provides a framework for coordination and integration of emergency plans of municipalities and special districts as well as working with state and federal agencies.
  • Establishes a system for coordinating the five phases of Emergency Management: Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.

The EOP was adopted by the San Miguel County Board of County Commissioners on June 8, 2022. 

The San Miguel County EOP also has multiple annexes, or additional sub-plans, that address specific situations in more detail. These annexes are updated after every incident and as needed and do not need to be adopted by the BoCC.  The current annexes include:

  • Alert and Information Management Guide
  • Dam Failure Response Guide
  • Emergency Operations Center Management Guide
  • Evacuation Guide
  • Hazardous Materials Response Guide
  • Interoperable Communications Guide
  • Mass Care and Sheltering Guide
  • Wildfire Response Annex

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

San Miguel County CWPP 2008 (SMC CWPP) is the result of a County-wide planning effort that included extensive field data gathering, compilation of existing documents and GIS data, and scientifically-based analyses to guide recommendations designed to reduce the threat of wildfire related damages to values at risk.