Emergency Preparedness and Response

Working with Our Partners to Improve the Health and Safety of Las Animas and Huerfano Counties

Since 2003, public health agencies around the world have been preparing for threats such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks and pandemics. In Las Animas and Huerfano Counties Public Health, we have been working to increase our capacity to respond to emergencies by strengthening old partnerships and creating new ones.

The program involves state, regional, and local emergency response partners working with the public to enhance the overall ability of communities in the South Region (Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, and Pueblo counties) to prepare for and respond to all hazards that they might face, particularly those hazards that potentially impact the public’s health.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response program is dedicated to providing helpful and informative resources in the areas of disease, natural disaster, terrorism and other emergency threats.


Rob Bukovac, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
719-846-2213 Ext. 12

Kim Gonzales, Executive Director
719-846-2213 Ext. 37




Resources for Family Emergencies

Is your family ready for emergencies? There are many resources to help you get started.

For Kids

FEMA Ready Kids - Meet the mountain lion family as they prepare their home and family for emergencies. Join them through games, checklists, crosswords, a scavenger hunt and other ways that make planning fun. Grover and Sesame Street Friends are also there to help you prepare.

Get Involved

Find opportunities to support community preparedness and volunteer!

Public health cannot handle emergency responses alone. We rely on the help and abilities of our valued community members to assist us in events and emergencies when we most need it. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer website. Your application could lead you to helping your community at its most vulnerable time. We thank you in advance for your interest and help. For more information, please call 719-846-2213 Ext. 12.

Links and More Information

Diseases and Outbreaks

General Information
Seasonal Influenza
Pandemic Influenza

Natural Disasters/Emergencies (Floods, Wildfires, Tornadoes, Blizzards/Winter Storms, etc.

CDC Natural Disasters
Ready.gov - Be Informed
FEMA - Disasters & Maps

Man-made Disasters/Terrorism

FEMA - Disasters & Maps
CDC - Chemical Emergencies
Ready.gov - Biological Threat Overview
Ready.gov - Chemical Threat
Ready.gov - Radiation Threat


Coping with stress
CDPHE's Office of Emergency Preparedness
The Red Cross

People with Special Needs

FEMA - People with Disabilities and Other Needs
Ready.gov - Older Americans
Ready.gov - People with Disabilities and Other Needs

Information for Pet and Livestock Owners

Livestock Disaster Preparedness
Ready.gov - Community Pet Preparedness Toolkit
American Veterinary Association "Saving the Whole Family"

Preparedness information is available at the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Huerfano County Spring Fire Recovery and Flood Information Portal