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Lea County Office of Emergency Management

Lorenzo Velasquez - Director

Charlie Pruit - Public Safety Administrator

Main: (575) 391-2983
1019 East Bender Boulevard
Hobbs, NM 88240

Lorenzo Velasquez, Director

1019 East Bender Boulevard, Hobbs, NM 88240 -
(575) 391-2983 - lvelasquez@leacounty.net

Our Mission

Office of Emergency Management "OEM"

OEM has many responsibilities as can be seen all over Lea County. You may see us on an emergency scene, assisting our local, state, and federal partners, working operations at local events or at your local fire station assisting with annual pump testing, hose, and ladder testing.
OEM participates in public education events for schools or non-profits and work closely with Lea County Health Council, Lea County Emergency Preparedness Committee, and the Lea County Fire Chiefs' Advisory Board to better prepare our community for disasters and emergency response.
OEM collaborates with other agencies and local stakeholders to develop a more versatile, hardened, and advanced infrastructure that supports our community during emergencies and improved the lives of our citizens.

Emergency management is a coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal agencies as well as volunteer organizations. These organizations assist the public and communities to prepare for, respond, and recover from the effects of natural, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters. The primary goal of emergency management is to promote awareness, prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce property damage in our community.


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About Us

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Lea County Emergency Management is responsible for planning the responses of small- and large-scale emergency situations to save lives, reduce injuries and preserve property. Emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made, can affect every resident in Lea County. Sometimes threats occur that we simply cannot control or prevent from happening; ie, wildfires, hazardous-material spills and riots. However, from every family to every public safety department in Lea County, we all can prepare for how we respond to these emergencies. Preparing your family's responses to emergencies is critical, and it takes just three steps:
  • 1. Make a family emergency plan
  • 2. Get an emergency supply kit
  • 3. Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur in your area and their appropriate responses.

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We need your assistance!

Lea County, in coordination with its participating municipal jurisdictions, is updating its Multi‐Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan will identify local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from natural hazards such as floods, winter storms, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. This survey provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that help lessen the impacts of future disasters. Participation in this survey is voluntary and none of the information you provide will be attributed to you directly. The survey doesn’t take long to fill out and you can skip questions if necessary. Lea County greatly appreciates your participation and thanks you for providing them important information from you to better help the community for future generations to come.

Here is the link to the survey:


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