Project Purpose

Las Animas County is at risk to a wide-range of natural and man-made hazards like tornadoes, floods, winter storms, drought, wildfire, hail, and more. In response to these risks, Las Animas County, in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. is seeking to better understand how these hazardous events impact the county in order to increase community resilience to disasters. Las Animas County is updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen.

A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Having an approved and updated plan enables your community, county, or jurisdiction to be stronger and more resilient by:

  1. Reducing risk and impacts from disasters,
  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
  3. Building partnerships  across the county and the region.


Communities, schools, fire districts, and other jurisdictions within the county are invited to participate  in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

For more information about Las Animas County, please visit their website.

Las Animas County Map


Planning Meetings

This planning process included public meetings to provide an opportunity for participants and interested stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide input. Both Round 1 and Round 2 Meetings have already taken place. If your jurisdiction was unable to make it to a meeting but still wishes to participate, please contact Karl Dietrich, Project Planner at (402) 742-7213 or A recording of each meeting can be found below. You can download your jurisdiction's meeting worksheets by visiting this Google Drive link:


Round 1 Meeting Recording:

Round 2 Meeting Recording: 

Public Review Period

The 2022 Las Animas County Hazard Mitigation Plan is currently available for Public Review. This will run from Wednesday April 20 to Friday May 20th, 2022. This is the last opportunity to review the plan and submit to JEO any requested changes or corrections, prior to submission to DHSEM and FEMA. If no changes are received by your jurisdiction by the end of Public Review, JEO will assume that your jurisdiction has reviewed the plan and approves of it as written.

The Las Animas County Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for review below. To submit revisions or request other changes, please email Karl Dietrich, JEO Planner, at or use the comment box below.

Draft Upfront: Executive Summary

Draft Upfront: Section 1 - This section covers the introduction for the hazard mitigation plan.

Draft Upfront: Section 2 - This section covers the planning process.

Draft Upfront: Section 3 - This section covers the Las Animas County profile.

Draft Upfront: Section 4 - This section covers the risk assessment.

Draft Upfront: Section 5 - This section covers the mitigation strategies.

Draft Upfront: Section 6 and 7 - These sections cover plan implementation and plan maintenance.

Participant Sections - This section includes participant sections for: Town of Aguilar, Town of Branson, Town of Cokedale, Town of Kim, Town of Starkvlle, City of Trinidad, Hoehne Fire Protection District, Kim Reorganized 88 School District, and Trinidad School District #1.

Provide Input

If you would like to provide a comment to the planning team, or have a suggestion, fee free to use the comment box below. If you would like someone from the planning team to respond, please provide your name and contact information (phone number or email address).

2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan
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