Duties and Responsibilities
The Emergency Manager works with local, state and federal government entities to ensure that our county is prepared if disaster should strike.
The Washington County Office of Emergency Management (WCOEM) is responsible for facilitating response resources in the event of natural or man-made disaster. The idea is to keep people, animals and property out of harm's way and return the community to a normal state of affairs as soon as possible.
To do this, there is an Emergency Operations Plan that identifies the hazards in the community, how those hazards may impact the various areas and the course of action needed to properly handle the situation.
In Case of Severe Weather
Warnings are transmitted by the NOAA National Weather Service offices serving Colorado to local radio stations and can also be heard on your weather radio. The National Weather Service has a web site with a map showing all watches, warnings and advisories in the United States at https://www.weather.gov.
Are you Ready?
"Are You Ready?" an in-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22), is FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. This guide was revised, updated, and enhanced in August 2004 to provide the public with the most current and up-to-date disaster preparedness information available.
"Are You Ready?" provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit.
Other topics covered include:
- emergency public shelters
- animals in disaster, and
- information specific to people with disabilities.
"Are You Ready?" also provides in-depth information on specific hazards including what to do before, during, and after each hazard type.
The following hazards are covered:
- Thunderstorms and Lightning
- Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
- Extreme Heat
- Landslide and Debris Flows (Mudslide)
- Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Household Chemical Emergencies
- Nuclear Power Plant
Washington County Hazmat Response Team
Hazmat Technician Level
Mike McCaleb – Washington County OEM / Southwest Fire /WC Ambulance
Tony Claflin – Akron Fire
Brandon Fincher – Akron Fire
Mike Rudnik – Southwest Fire
Nichol Rudnik – Southwest Fire
Steven DeLaCruz – Southwest Fire
Kelly Chenoweth – Washington County Ambulance
Hazmat Operations Level
Bryant McCall – Otis fire / Washington County Ambulance
Steve Vasquez – Akron Fire
Chris Marsten – W-Y Communication Center
Brent McCracken – Southwest Fire
Matt Rudnik – Southwest Fire
Robbie Carman – Akron Fire
Steve Marshall - Akron Fire
Brent McCall – Southwest Fire