Emergency Management

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Man made or natural, disasters can strike at any time. The Office of Emergency Management provides leadership, planning, education and resources to protect lives, property and the environment in the event a disaster were to strike Delta County.

Delta County is located in the West All Hazards Planning Region, which is comprised of Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel and Hinsdale Counties. Delta County Emergency Management works closely with Delta County staff, local and regional governments, special districts, volunteer organizations, as well as regional emergency managers and the Regional Field Manager of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), to develop and exercise preparedness plans and provide emergency management training.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established five (5) core mission areas for Emergency Management. They are: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. These mission areas drive the planning and training Delta County Emergency Management undertakes each year. To learn more, visit FEMA.  

One of Emergency Management's primary goals is to ensure training and information is available to both first responders and the community.  We first responders (law enforcement, EMS, and fire personnel), local government officials, and healthcare and volunteer organizations constantly prepare and practice to ensure they are ready if a disaster strikes.  We also want to make sure you're prepared as well.  Select the tabs on the left to learn more about Citizen Preparedness ideas and checklists, Delta County threats like wildfire and flood, as well as grant and volunteer opportunities.

2021 Emergency Operations Plan Adopted by Board of County Commissioners

The 2021 Delta County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Section I - Base Plan, Section II - Emergency Support Functions and Community Lifelines and Section III, Annex-B - Disaster Finance Policy were adopted by the Delta County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.  The plan recently was completely updated by Emergency Management, County elected and appointed officials and community partners.  The Plan is available for download in PDF format below. If you have questions or comments regarding the plan you can email the Emergency Management Coordinator or call the office during business hours at 970-874-2004.  

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2021 Emergency Operations Plan
Section I - Base Plan
2021 Emergency Operations Plan
Section II - Emergency Support Functions & Community Lifelines
2021 Emergency Operations Plan
Section III - Annex B
Disaster Finance Policy


Can You Be Reached in a Disaster?

If we can’t reach you – we can’t alert you!  

Delta County and all the counties in the West Region utilize the CodeRED Emergency Notification System (ENS) to alert residents, business owners and visitors to Delta County within a designated area of the county to an active or potential life threatening emergency. 

As a resident or business owner in Delta County, it is important for you to REGISTER to receive these emergency alerts! To do so is free, only takes a few minutes and can provide you and your family and friends with critical information in an emergency situation. 

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Download the CodeRED Mobile Alert App

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Stay Updated on Emergencies


Delta County

During large or developing incidents, information is shared via the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Delta County Emergency Management Facebook page, as well as the homepage of the Delta County website.

State and National

Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Status Report
Incident Information System – InciWeb (Fire Incidents)
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) Facebook Page
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) Fire Info Page
National Weather Service Severe Weather Alerts

Chemical Spill Reporting

To report an oil or chemical spill, contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 800-424-8802, the Delta County Dispatch at 970-874-2015, or by dialing 9-1-1.
Learn more about the EPA Emergency Response to oil spills, and chemical releases.