This website is maintained by the SLV Regional Emergency Coordination Committee to support emergency preparedness and response in the six counties of the San Luis Valley. When we are supporting an emergency or disaster situation, we will post updates on this page.
VIDEO: Public Workshop on the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 01/04/2023
This virtual public workshop was held to introduce our draft of the Hazard Mitigation Plan, its hazards, and highlights of the mitigation strategy. It included a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.
The updated Hazard Mitigation Plan will be available for public review and comment soon….
By slveadmin on 01/04/2023 09:01 PM
December 22, 2022 News Release: Submitted by Larry Brown, CSU Extension, SLV Area Director 719-852-7381; L.Brown@colostate.edu
Avian Flu: Be Aware but Not Alarmed
By Larry Brown, CSU Extension
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, HPAI for short, has now been detected in the SLV according to a recent article by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), and more wild bird mortalities have been reported since the announcement. This is a sad situation, and we want the public to be aware but not alarmed. Unless you are a commercial or backyard poultry producer, or a waterfowl hunter, this will most likely have no effect on you. Transfer of the virus to humans is extremely rare.
If you are a poultry producer, now is the time to take extra precautions to ensure your flock remains safe. The most effective way to protect your flock is to modify your coop and runs so that no wild birds can mingle with your flock, enter their area, or share feed or watering equipment. Keep a separate pair of boots or shoes to wear only into your poultry pens and disinfect them regularly with something like bleach or Lysol. It is highly advised to keep your flock closed, meaning do not bring new domestic birds in right now. If you have recently brought new birds into your flock, it is advised to separate and quarantine the new birds for 21 days.
The Colorado Department of Ag has a great webpage dedicated to information on HPAI and gives excellent and specific recommendations on how to control the spread of the disease for producers, hunters, and for citizens who might come across a wild bird carcass. In general, if you are a hunter, you should not take birds that appear to be ill, you are advised to wear gloves while cleaning and handling your harvested birds, and to wash your hands and hunting clothes when finished. If any citizen should see wild bird carcasses on public ground, you are advised not to touch them and to call our CPW office to report them. If a citizen were to find a wild bird carcass on your own property and want to dispose of it, you can use this link to the CDA website and read the specific recommendations: CDA: Avian Flu You can also call the Extension Office at 719-852-7381, or your county Emergency Manager for more specific recommendations.
Also, remember this is a reportable disease. This means if you are a producer and have sick or dying birds, you are to call your veterinarian or the Colorado Department of Agriculture immediately. If you see three or more wild birds sick or dead in a two-week period, call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office. Other numbers you can call to report sick or dead birds include the CDA State Veterinarian at 303-869-9130 or the CSU Avian Health Team at 970-297-4008
By slveadmin on 12/23/2022 07:12 PM
NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP
REGARDING THE DRAFT OFTHE SAN LUIS VALLEY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE January 4th, 2023 9:00 – 10:00 am
The San Luis Valley Region and its six participating counties (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache) are in the final stages of a planning effort to assess risks from natural, human health, and human-caused hazards and to identify ways to reduce those risks. The planning process that began in February 2022 has resulted in a draft update to each county’s existing Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) in one cohesive, regional plan.
An up-to-date Hazard Mitigation Plan is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to be eligible to receive certain federal disaster assistance and grants for hazard mitigation projects.
A virtual public workshop will be held to introduce the draft plan, its hazards, and highlights of the mitigation strategy and will include a presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. The plan will also be made available for public review and comment in January. Following the public workshop and comment period, the Plan will be submitted for final approvals and ultimately adoption by all involved jurisdictions.
By slveadmin on 12/23/2022 07:12 PM
Access and Functional Needs:
If you have medical needs and rely on medical equipment, make a plan before a power outage or other emergency. ✔️ Ask your doctor or health care provider about how you can prepare if you have medical needs.
✔️ Contact your County Emergency Manager and let them know your specific needs before the next emergency. ***Your information will only be shared with First Responders, during an incident, to ensure your safety.**