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Office of Emergency Management

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Amarillo Area OEM & Radio Communications Vision Statement

Enable our community to be safe and prepared for all-hazard incidents and events with no loss of life.

Amarillo Area OEM Mission Statement

Communicate and coordinate with our community, and provide a comprehensive emergency management program to reduce the risk of loss of life, property, and environmental impacts from all-hazards events.

Emergency management has five phases including mitigation/prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters.  Disasters can be anything from severe weather and tornadoes, to wildfires, hazardous materials incidents, winter weather, flooding and more!  Response to an emergency management incident is typically coordinated from an emergency operations center or EOC.  The best way to describe what we do is in our title as “Coordinators”.  We help coordinate information, resources, and situational awareness.  We work with all city and county departments and other organizations throughout our community to ensure whole community commitment to emergency management.

Our emergency management program is “interjurisdictional” in that we cover the City of Amarillo, as well as, Potter Randall counties, and the City of Canyon.  Our “all-hazards plan” ensures the readiness of our community to respond to all hazards that may occur in the Panhandle.  We also encourage that individuals, families, and businesses make sure they are prepared for any hazard as well, as this is a critical element of any emergency program.  You can find more information on preparedness throughout our website and at