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Emergency Preparedness

What We Do

Our Regional Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR) team assists local public health agencies in 10 Western Colorado counties planning and responding to emergencies. We work with local, regional, and state health care partners, including hospitals, emergency medicals services and emergency management to make sure our communities are prepared for any disaster that might occur.

Our job is to ensure that, no matter what the emergency, our health and medical agencies can continue to deliver medical care and supplies to all populations in need. We work to keep the community informed about what to do in case of an emergency, such as a natural disaster, an act of terrorism, or a disease outbreak.

Pack a Kit

  • Water – one gallon per person, per day for at least seven days.
  • Food – nonperishable. Don’t forget to pack a manual can opener.
  • Flashlights, extra batteries, cell phones with chargers and a battery powered radio.
  • First aid kit, a seven-day medicine supply including prescription drugs, emergency blanket and toiletries.
  • Copies of important documents such as insurance cards and immunization records and emergency contact information.
  • Multipurpose tool, extra cash, map(s) of the area and extra sets of keys.
  • Remember to include supplies for babies, pets, older individuals and those with special needs.

Be Informed

  • Before and during a disaster, check all types of media for information.
    • Your local emergency management office will have information on shelters and evacuation orders.
    • Click here for information on the Mesa County Office of Emergency Management.
    • Click here for information on the Joint Information Center.

Make a Plan

Sign up for Alerts and Get Involved

  • Take first aid, CPR, and emergency response training classes.
  • MCPH works with our local Red Cross partners in utilizing volunteers during public health emergencies. To get involved, contact the American Red Cross at (970) 242-4851.
  • Click here to sign up for alerts from the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Emergency and Community Notification System.
  • Visit Ready.Gov for more information.
  • Download the FEMA App at
  • The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office also uses the NextDoor app for alerts and notifications. Go to to sign up, and then search for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

For Health and Medical Partners


    ESF-8 is a multi-agency planning and response group that works together to prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies that impact the health of residents and their access to medical care.

    The Mesa County ESF-8 website is for health and medical partners to access resources and information regarding meetings, training opportunities and incident response.

    Visit the ESF-8 Google Site here.