Amarillo Area OEM is an interjurisdictional agency that is tasked with the development and implementation of a comprehensive emergency management program for the City of Amarillo, Potter County, Randall County, and the City of Canyon. Some specific activities include:
- Develop and maintain the community hazard assessment.
- Develop and maintain the community Mitigation Action Plan.
- Coordinate with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) the community Safe Room grant program.
- Provide emergency – related public information materials and presentations to interested groups and citizens.
- Maintain close working relationships with local, state, federal, private, and non-profit agencies and organizations.
- Develop and coordinate the Amarillo Area Emergency Operations Plan and other community emergency preparedness plans and procedures.
- Assist with emergency planning for area schools, day cares, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, and other specialized facilities. This includes emergency planning assistance for large-scale events that occur in the Amarillo area.
- Coordinate and/or conduct training for emergency response agencies and personnel
- Coordinate and conduct the community exercise and drill program with at least one fullscale/functional and two tabletop exercises annually.
- Maintain the community Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Mobile Operations Center (MOC).
- Maintain the community warning systems.
- Ensure community National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance.
- OEM Duty Officer is available 24/7 to assist with the coordination of emergency situations and escalation of community response if necessary.
- Activation of the EOC and MOC to assist with coordination of major and complex incidents.
- Assist with the coordination of Incident Action Plans (IAP) for large-scale community events.
- Coordinate the community’s damage assessment and recovery activities following any major or complex incident.
OEM is the information coordination point for the Potter & Randall County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
OEM Office #: 806.378.3004
Chip Orton, MBA, CEM, TEM, Director of Emergency Management
Max Dunlap, Deputy Director of Emergency Management
Alice Ely, Technical Hazards Coordinator
Chrystal Belt, Emergency Management Planner
James McCormick, Radio Communications Supervisor
Jayme O'Donnell, Administrative Assistant