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Disaster & Emergency Services


DES is the lead agency coordinating comprehensive emergency management in Carbon County.

Below are printable “How to prepare for…” documents customized for Carbon County.   Click on the emergency situation below to open a printable PDF document.

Floods (Updated 3/19/18)

Severe Weather (coming soon!)

Wildland Fire  (coming soon!)

LEPC is comprised of Carbon County stakeholders involved in emergency response and planning. Stakeholders include law enforcement, hospitals, public health, fire, emergency medical services, Red Cross, Search and Rescue, local governments, animal welfare representatives, land management and natural resource agencies, selected businesses, and members of the public.


To provide resources and guidance through education, coordination, and assistance with all hazards planning, to assure public health ans safety through a partnership of state and local government, responders, and the private sector.

LEPC has three standing subcommittees in addition to an executive committee comprised of the chair, vice chair, secretary:


Goal: To improve tactical communications between emergency response agencies and enhance emergency notification to the general public.

Emergency preparedness

Goal: To develop and execute a training plan and schedule to better prepare for emergency situations.


Goal: To promote the function/value of LEPC to participating organizations and to the general public


Chair, Tom Kohley –  cell: (406) 425-2071
Secretary, Annie Gillespie

Carbon County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan 2012

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What is a pre-disaster mitigation plan (PDM)?

A PDM plan looks at natural hazards that the County, Bearcreek, Bridger, Fromberg, Joliet, and Red Lodge may be susceptible to and ways to lessen the potential disasters caused by those hazards. The county’s existing plan, approved in 2005, is being updated to make sure the county and communities remain disaster-resistant and less vulnerable to property damage and loss of life from a natural disaster. To remain current, the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) require that the plan be updated every five years. By successfully revising the plan, the county will continue to be eligible to compete for project funds. The county will also be eligible for post-disaster assistance from the state and/or FEMA, in the event of a major disaster. Adoption of the plan is voluntary, but each jurisdiction–the county and the two communities–will need to have at least one mitigation project in the plan and adopt the plan if they wish to qualify for funding and assistance.

What is in the plan?

The plan wil contain profiles of natural hazards such as flooding or wildfires, vulnerability to each hazard, and a history of past disasters. Potential losses from future disasters will be estimated. Accomplishments since the original plan was addopted will be listed, and goals and projects identified by citizens and local governments will be prioritized and added as appropriate. The plan will also have an explanation of how it was developed, a review of other related plans, and copies of news articles and notes from meetings held to discuss the plan.

How will the plan be revised?

Using FEMA funds passed through the state, the County has contracted for the plan update with Back Consulting located in Red Lodge. Working with Carbon County Disaster and Emergency Services, the county, and the five incorporated communities over the next eight months, Ms. Beck, subcontractors AMEC, Inc., and Map Murals will review other local plans for consistency, update the hazard profiles, and work with elected officials and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to gather input and develop any needed additonal goals and projects. A draft plan will be made available for public review in the spring of 2012 and comments received will be incorporated. The County will submit the plan to the State and FEMA for technical review. Finally, Bearcreek, Bridger, Fromberg, Joliet, Red Lodge, and carbon County will have the opportunity to adopt and then implement the plan.

How do we offer input?

Input is encouraged any time until adoption by the governing bodies targeted for late spring of 2012. Input from the public and knowledgeable individuals will help make the plan the highest quality possible. Public meetings will be designed to offer opportunity for input and all meetings will be noticed and open to the public.  The Carbon County News will be provided with the meeting information and periodic updates.  Questions or comments can be submitted by phone, in writing, or by e-mail to Tom Kohley, Carbon County Disaster and Emergency Services, (406) 446-1038,, PO Box 887, Red Lodge, MT 59068.