Emergency Preparedness & Response
All local public health agencies are required to prepare and respond to emergencies with a public health or environmental health implication in coordination with local, state and federal agencies and public and private sector partners. SJBPH Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) can serve as, or support, the Emergency Support Function 8 (Public Health and Medical Services) lead for the county, region, or jurisdiction.
SJBPH Regional EPR staff serve Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties and provide support to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes.
Emergency Preparedness & Response Services
Program Manager | 970 335 2001
Regional EPR Specialist | 970 335 2017
The SJBPH Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR) program participates in All-Hazards planning, training, exercises, and response activities within the local jurisdiction.
- Regional staff participate in Southwest Regional All Hazards planning meetings that involve other community and county partners, such as the Office of Emergency Management and public health and medical service partners.
- All SJBPH staff are trained in Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and National Incident Management System (NIMS) 700 courses concerning a standardized system of command used to integrate with other emergency management personnel, with management staff pursuing further training.
SJBPH implements an emergency communication strategy to inform the community and to activate emergency response personnel in the event of a public health crisis.
- Our Regional Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR) Coordinator is the lead for Emergency Public Information Officer functions working in tandem with our Communications Director, Regional Epidemiologist, Director of Health Protection Programs, and Executive Director.
SJBPH promotes community preparedness by communicating steps that can be taken before, during, or after a disaster.
- In conjunction with Mercy Regional Medical Center, Regional EPR staff also serve as executive officers of the La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, and Southern Ute (LASST) Healthcare Coalition. The LASST HCC serves as a multi-agency coordination group (MACG) that assists Emergency Management and Emergency Support Function 8 (Public Health and Medical Services) with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to healthcare organization disaster operations.