Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management

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About Us

People who have learned what to do to prepare for emergencies before they occur are much more likely to avoid property loss, injury, or death during a disaster. Community safety through emergency preparedness is our goal. 

Welcome to the City of Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The primary responsibilities of the OEM involve identifying methods for:

  • Disaster planning and mitigation
  • Developing training and education programs for preparedness, response and recovery
  • Providing efficient and timely emergency notification

These resources are designed to be a reliable resource for information on our local hazards in Fort Collins, such as flooding, tornadoes, wildland fires, severe winter storms, and severe thunderstorms.  

Physical Address: 3400 West Vine, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mailing Address: PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: 970-416-2878

Our Responsibilities

Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management


In order to prepare for a disaster, we have to identify potential hazards in our area that could affect our community, and then establish goals, policies and procedures for mitigating and preparing for those hazards before an event takes place.


Mitigation is the process of risk reduction through identifying those who live or work in high risk areas and, following this identification, designing systems that will reduce the impact of a disastrous event.


Training is designed primarily for the emergency responder. It is a process of developing skills to deal with a wide range of disaster emergencies. Through training, emergency responders learn about incident types and can practice their response to myriad events that can affect the community. The City also has several Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) which are made up of volunteer citizens who participate in monthly Emergency Response Training in order to better prepare their communities. 

For information on upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training contact Chris Wolf at or 970-416-2859.


Public Education is a primary concern. Our goal is for all residents to be able to answer the following questions: What do we do in an emergency? Where do we go? Who do we call for help? How can we better prepare ourselves? We know that the proper preparations and responses save lives, so it is important to offer comprehensive education about the events most likely to happen in our area.

Emergency Notification

Due to our busy lifestyles, there is no perfect way to reliably notify each member of the community of an imminent emergency. Therefore, we have identified multiple ways to inform the public of an imminent or occurring emergency. These include emergency announcements on television and radio stations, emergency alert systems, and updates through local media. Sign up for emergency alerts through our partners at LETA911.

Northern Colorado Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2017 Annual Report

This report is a summary document of updates and progress related to mitigation actions identified in the current (2016) Northern Colorado Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City of Fort Collins. This annual report was prepared in cooperation between Poudre Fire Authority and Fort Collins Utilities. This annual report was completed as part of a requirement of the City of Fort Collins’ participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS). Fort Collins Mitigation Plan - Annual Report 2017.