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. View the 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.

Supporting Documents, Incident & 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 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 - Debris Management Plan
  • Appendix X - Rio Blanco County HCC Plan
  • Appendix Y - Community Wildfire Protection Plan
  • Appendix Z - RBC Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)
  1. Emergency Contacts
  2. Emergency Notifications
  3. Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies: Dial 911 or 970-878-9600

Sheriff's Office

Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Anthony Mazzola
555 Main Street / P.O. Box 1460
Meeker, CO 81641

Phone: 970-878-9600
Fax: 970-878-3127

Police Departments

Meeker Police Department
Chief Phil Stubblefield
345 Main Street
Meeker, CO 81641

Phone: 970-878-5555

Rangely Police Department
Chief Vince Wilczek
209 E Main
Rangely, CO 81648

Phone: 970-675-8466

Fire Departments

Rio Blanco Fire Protection District
Chief Luke Pelloni
240 7th Street
P.O. Box 737
Meeker, CO 81641

Phone: 970-878-3443

Rangely Fire District
Chief Andy Shaffer
115 Nichols Street
Rangely, CO 81648

Phone: 970-675-5093

Ambulance Services

Rio Blanco Fire Protection District
Chief Luke Pelloni
240 7th Street
P.O. Box 737
Meeker, CO 81641

Phone: 970-878-3443

Rangely District Hospital
Director Shanna Kinney
225 Eagle Crest Drive
Rangely, CO 81648

Phone: 970-675-5011