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  • About Us

    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, and Randall County.  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/Potter/Randall 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

    Our Staff:  

    Chip Orton, CEM, TEM, Director of Emergency Management

    Office:  806-378-9315

    Email:   [email protected]

    Danielle May, Deputy Director of Emergency Management

    Office: 806-378-5289

    Email: [email protected]

    Brad Britten, CEM, TEM, Technical Hazards Coordinator

    Office:  806-378-9377

    Email:   [email protected]

    Theresa West, R.Ph., CEM, TEM, OEM Project Coordinator
    Office: 806-378-9362
    Email:  [email protected]

    James McCormick, Radio Communications Supervisor
    Office: 806-378-6851
    Email:  [email protected]

    Alice Ely, Administrative Assistant
    Office:  806-378-3004
    Email:   [email protected]

    Updated October 2016