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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

Our Staff:  

Chip Orton, MBA, CEM, TEM, Director of Emergency Management
Office: 806-378-9315
Email:   chip.orton@amarillo.gov

Max Dunlap, Deputy Director of Emergency Management
Office: 806-378-9362
Email: max.dunlap@amarillo.gov

Alice Ely, Technical Hazards Coordinator
Office:  806-378-9377
Email:   alice.ely@amarillo.gov

Chrystal Belt, Emergency Management Planner
Office:  806-378-5289
Email:  chrystal.belt@amarillo.gov 

James McCormick, Radio Communications Supervisor
Office: 806-378-6851
Email:  james.mccormick@amarillo.gov

Jayme O'DonnellAdministrative Assistant
Office:  806-378-3004
Email:   jayme.o'donnell@amarillo.gov