The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment's Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (EPR) leads efforts in preventing, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies. These emergencies can be natural (blizzard, flooding, or a disease outbreak e.g. pandemic influenza, West Nile virus or meningococcal disease) or manmade (i.e. acts of terrorism, hazardous materials spill).
The Health Department's EPR staff increases preparedness within the department and the community by planning for emergencies, providing training and exercises, and educating the public. The EPR Program also collaborates with the County's Emergency Management Unit, and other local, state, federal, and non-profit agencies to prepare and respond to a wide range of emergency events in Larimer County.
For general information, see the link to the Galena Fire at www.larimer.org.
Wildfires and your Health
Wildires may increase your susceptibility to respiratory difficulties. There are things you can do to decrease risk of that happening. Health (Smoke) Advisory See also: Health Threats from Wildfire Smoke - a Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet.
Preparing for Evacuation: Anyone in Larimer County might be asked to evacuate their homes for a fire or an emergency at any time. Are you prepared? Here are some checklists so that you can be ready BEFORE you need to leave your home.
Returning Home After the Fire: Health Tips
CSU Extension Wildfire Resources
Health Department earns designation as "Public Health Ready" by National Association of City and County Health Organizations (NACCHO)
Is your family ready for emergencies? There are many resources to help you get started. Be Informed, Make a Kit; and Make a Plan.
No landline? What's the surest way to get emergency information in Larimer County on your cellphone or by e-mail? Sign up for emergency alerts at leta911.org before you're surprised and snowbound.
Sesame Workshop, along with its project partners has created Let's Get Ready! Planning Together for Emergencies with tips, activities, and other easy tools to help the whole family prepare for emergencies - together!
Information on emergency events in Larimer County:
Links to assistance in Larimer County during an emergency or outbreak:
Personal and Family Preparedness and Planning:
LCDHE Emergency and Preparedness and Response Grant Coordinator
Northeast Region Epidemiologist
Public Information Officer