Cochise is a county of almost 130,000 residents with a diverse mix of educational, industrial, commercial, agricultural, and governmental sectors. We are fortunate to have committed fire, law enforcement, emergency medical, and public works agencies throughout the 6200 square miles of this county. Normally this public safety system does an excellent job dealing with emergencies in both municipal and unincorporated areas throughout Cochise County. However, large-scale emergencies or disasters can impact large land areas and populations within the county; stressing first responder resources well beyond their everyday capabilities.
It is the mission of the Cochise County Office of Emergency Services (CCOES) to help prepare residents, businesses, and government entities within our county to respond to and recover from these large-scale emergencies or disasters. We are convinced that this "disaster resilience" starts at the local level and includes every person, business, and organization in the county. Through county-wide emergency planning, training, and community outreach efforts, CCOES works with all sectors of our county to promote disaster preparedness and resilience.
However, programs alone cannot ensure disaster resilience. It is everyone's responsibility to make preparedness a priority. Whether this means developing a family emergency plan and disaster kit, keeping property defensible against wildfire threats, or making sure that businesses maintain a continuity of operations plan; everyone must all do their part.
We invite you to use the resources found on this site to learn what you can do to prepare yourself, your family and your business for an emergency or disaster. By each of us taking personal responsibility for our emergency preparedness and encouraging our friends and neighbors to do the same, Cochise County will be a more disaster resilient place to live, work, and raise a family.