The mission of the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is to develop, coordinate and lead a comprehensive emergency management program. We seek to enable effective preparation for, efficient response to, and effective recovery from emergencies and disasters, in order to save lives, reduce human suffering, protect resources and develop a more resilient community.
What is emergency management?
Emergency Management is the function that plans, coordinates and supports a wide range of activities that help communities to reduce vulnerability to hazards, prepare for and cope with disasters. This work is generally thought of in four phases: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Mitigation consists of those activities designed to prevent or reduce losses from disaster. Preparedness is focused on the development of plans and capabilities for effective disaster response. Response is the immediate reaction to a disaster. Recovery includes activities that help to restore critical community functions and manage reconstruction.
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has emergency management responsibilities for both the City of Boulder and Boulder County. In addition, Boulder OEM coordinates with state and federal partners, many city and county departments, public safety agencies, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and private businesses throughout Boulder County in order to facilitate coordinated planning and response to emergency situations.
The most effective emergency management program, however, requires even more than that. The best response includes a prepared and responsive public. Your ability to respond appropriately in an emergency situation is critical to our success and your resilience. In recent years, we have experienced fires, droughts, winter blizzards, and even tornadoes. In addition, the community of Boulder has the greatest flash flood risk in the state of Colorado. This emergency preparedness guide contains practical information to help your family prepare for most disasters that could occur in Boulder County. We know that disaster preparedness works. We hope this guide will encourage you to take action and be prepared in the event of an emergency.