Emergency Management

Our Mission:

Continually monitor the potential for natural and manmade disasters which could affect all or part of La Plata County. Emergency Management strives to provide educational material and information to the general public in regards to these potential hazards.  The team works diligently to develop prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation plans in accordance with state laws to enhance resiliency in our region. Furthermore, the team assists the Board of County Commissioners and Sheriff in the coordination of all emergency response(s) during disasters and other large scale emergencies.


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Residents can sign up with the La Plata County Code Red system to receive updates and alerts about the condition of the river.

Concerned about the Animas River water quality or color?  Not to worry, registration with CodeRED will also provide you with Animas River Alerts.


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Butch Knowlton - Emergency Management Director
Danielle Coronado - Emergency Management Coordinator

211 Rock Point Drive
Durango, CO 81301 (map)

Office: (970)382-6275
Cell: (970)749-6344 (OEM Emergency Phone Line)

For non-emergent OEM questions please complete: 

Email contact form


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