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Baca County, Colorado





Emergency Public Shelter Information


What are Emergency Public Shelters?

Public shelters are a refuge for those seeking temporary safety from a disaster or emergency. People going to a public shelter are doing so because they have been ordered to evacuate, caught on the road away from their home, or left their home believing that remaining there was unsafe.


Shelters offer minimal necessities. They are often noisy and crowded. They could be hot, or they could be cold. Usually they are uncomfortable. Restroom facilities are not like those in your home. Food is not gourmet and may not be on a schedule you are accustomed.


There is often a shortage of volunteers to help manage shelters. You will not be waited on. You could be asked to volunteer as a shelter worker while staying there.


What shelters are not

They are not fun-filled community centers with organized activities, entertainment and personalized service. They are not a vacation away form home. Shelters are not intended to make available more than minimal needs; a roof overhead, relative safety, restrooms and some food and water.


When to go to a shelter

You should go to a shelter because the authorities have ordered an evacuation of the area in which you reside. You should go to a public shelter when traveling and determining that wind, flooding, winter blizzards, or other conditions are such that continued travel is unsafe. You know your own home best. You should go to a public shelter when you determine that conditions at or around your home are no longer safe. Don’t wait and try to leave to later.


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Shelter Staff

Shelter management and staff are provided by Baca County, Department of Social Services, and members of local churches that participate in the Baca County Division or Emergency Management Shelter Programs.


Food and Water

Public shelters open with what food and water is on hand. There is always the possibility that the water system may be interrupted. The original food could be used before additional supplies arrive. Those planning on using a public shelter should be prepared to take food and water with them. Plan on one gallon of water per day per person.


Shelter openings will be announced

Baca County Emergency Management will notify the public of which shelters will be used and when they will open. This will include the notification of news media and the use of the Division of Emergency Managements website (


Among those organizations that will be notified are municipal governments, public utilities, health care organizations and every department of county government.


The Division of Emergency Management will permit pets in some shelters. Service dogs are always welcome in all shelters that are activated and open in Baca County. Pet sheltering is left up to the property owner and not the Division of Emergency Management. Arrangements for your pet should be part of each family’s disaster planning. (


Shelter Rules

  1. You MUST sign in upon arriving and sign out upon leaving
  2. No alcohol or non-prescription drugs
  3. No smoking is permitted inside the shelters
  4. No guns or weapons are permitted inside the shelters
  5. No disorderly or disruptive behavior is permitted
  6. Shelter users must be respectful of the building and grounds being loaned to them as a shelter. Somebody else owns the facility. You are their guest.
  7. Be courteous and respectful of others.


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If we can help further, contact us at:


Harold Self, Director

741 Main Street

Springfield, CO 81073

Phone Number: 719-523-6796

Fax Number: 719-523-6776























































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This site is currently maintained by  Harold Self, Director, Baca County Division Emergency Management

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