Emergency Management

Bob Heldenbrand

Phillips County Emergency Manager

Contact Information:
(C) 970-580-0000
(F) 970-854-3811
Email: Bob.Heldenbrand@phillipscounty.co



The first line of defense in all emergencies, natural or man-made, is first responders.

The trained firefighters in the Holyoke, Haxtun, Amherst, Sandhills, and Wages Fire departments respond to fire incidents, tornadoes and flooding

Firein addition to motor vehicle accidents.

Full-time law enforcement personnel from the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, Haxtun and Holyoke Police departments respond to criminal incidents, fires, tornadoes, flooding and vehicular accidents.


The lifeline of these first responders is the Phillips County Communications Center which is staffed by 4 full-time and 1 part-time dispatchers.

The trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) volunteers from the Haxtun and Holyoke Ambulance Services respond to medical emergencies.


The primary function of the Emergency Manager is to make sure those first responders have access to any outside resources needed.  The Phillips County Emergency EM911Manager also facilitates and directs emergency planning for county emergency first responders which includes: preparing, mitigating, and coordinating the responses and the recoveries to any type of disaster situation that might affect the citizens of Phillips County Colorado.

The Northeast Colorado Emergency Management group is made up of emergency managers, as well as other partner agencies, that comprise the 11 counties in the northeast region of Colorado; including Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties.

This group is responsible for the management of all emergency preparedness program areas within northeast Colorado. The primary role is to develop and implement comprehensive disaster planning, mitigation and response activities within the region under the provisions of Colorado statutes.

Additionally, the emergency managers develop and maintain all-hazard emergency plans for all types of natural and man-made hazards, and provide the analysis and 


recommendations necessary to make decisions that will effectively save lives and protect property in such emergencies.

Disaster survivors are often overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty after a loss caused by fire, earthquake, flooding, tornado or other type of disaster.  The upheaval and displacement that accompany severe damage to their home and local surroundings may be severe.

RedGuideToRecoveryThe Red Guide to Recovery was created to address such stress and uncertainty by providing the information and tools survivors need to cope with a disaster.  Its mission is to guide survivors through the recovery process, to walk them step-by-step through the many decisions that must be made at a difficult and emotional time in the survivors’ lives.  In short, it helps answer the question asked by all disaster survivors as the first responders depart: “Nowwhat?”


Local Info Sources

To best stay informed before, during and after a disaster you are encouraged to monitor a number of information sources, including systems such as local emergency services websites such as "Ready Northeast" at http://www.readynortheast.org/Phillips, warning sirens, sms/txt alert systems, local/national media outlets, and local government sources. You must sign up your cell phone to receive emergency notifications via text or voice.  Your landline has been automatically added to the emergency notification system.

You can also receive news, preparedness, response, training info and partner information direct from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Free training and presentations on all-hazards emergency preparedness are available to the general public on request. Please contact Bob Heldenbrand for more information.