Doña Ana County

Office of Emergency Management

Stephen Lopez

Emergency Manager
Department Head: 
Stephen Lopez
1170 North Solano, Suite O
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
(575) 647-7900 (Voice)
(575) 647-7993
(575) 525-5951
Phone: (575) 647-7900 (Voice)
Fax: (575) 647-7993
TDD: (575) 525-5951

Office of Emergency Management


If this is  a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911.


If you need the police, an ambulance or the Fire Department, please dial 911.

Mission Statement

To provide the safest possible environment to the residents of Doña Ana County by identifying and prioritizing potential threats and to assist in pre-planning emergency responses by taking an all hazards approach.

The Office of Emergency Management disseminates information and provides training to various emergency-response agencies. The office supervises and activates the Emergency Operations Center, as well as oversees mitigation and planning. It also deals with situations related to SARA Title III Community Right to Know.  The office updates and maintains an emergency resource list and an Emergency Operations Plan, and organizes and supports the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Vision Statement

The Dona Ana County ~ City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management will distinguish itself as being the leaders in emergency management in Southern New Mexico, and will be recognized for their passion in providing quality, innovative, support and service for the responders we serve and more importantly; to the residents of Doña Ana County.

About The Office of Emergency Management

The Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for the coordination of all hazard emergency efforts allowing Doña Ana County to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from any type of natural or human-caused disaster. The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for maintaining the County's All Hazard Emergency Operations Plan (AHEOP). The all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness means that planning efforts consider all types of disasters that could occur in the County. The OEM develops guidelines for emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation to natural disasters, man-made incidents, and technological threats. The office serves as the liaison between the state and all local government subdivisions.

The OEM works to engage the community at large, including local governments, businesses, and residents, in taking a proactive role in emergency planning and preparedness through outreach at community events and emergency preparedness presentations. The OEM provides preparedness presentations to local business, schools, community groups, and associations on request. For more information about National Preparedness Month, or to request a preparedness presentation, contact the Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces OEM at (575) 647-7900.

Additionally, the OEM partners with and oversees other organizations and groups with a vested interest in the safety of Doña Ana County and its residents. The OEM is integrated with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) that is required under the provision of the Superfund and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) Title III and as a part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). The OEM also coordinates the efforts of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Southern New Mexico Reserve Corp (SNM MRC).

In the event of a major catastrophe, the OEM will activate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to facilitate a coordinated response by all representatives from organizations that are assigned emergency response duties, as well as governmental departments who have a stake in preserving life and protecting property.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

The Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is managed and maintained by the Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management. The EOC is a central location from which local governments can provide interagency coordination and executive decision making in support of incident response and recovery operations. The purpose of the EOC is to provide a centralized location where public safety, emergency response, and support agencies coordinate planning, preparedness, and response activities.

Are you ready?
Emergencies don’t happen when they’re convenient. Disasters won’t give you time to figure things out just before they happen. Don’t be caught off guard. Make a kit. Make a plan.

See our Emergency Information and Resources page for more information about what you can do to prepare now.







Contact Name Position Email
Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Stephen Lopez Emergency Manager
Amanda Bowen Emergency Management Coordinator
Patty Evans Secretary

Main Line: (575) 647-7900 (Not a substitute for 911)