2017 Emergency Exercise Drill



9-6-2017 Drill Sponsered by Enterprise Products




Aztec, NM –   Every year in September, San Juan County Office of Emergency Management in partnership with local law enforcement, emergency services, and industry, work together to create a simulated real world disaster training.  Participating agencies and businesses spent most of the year planning the one-day simulation, beginning with a Homeland Security Orientation Seminar, held in January and culminating in a Full Scale Disaster Simulation on September 13, 2017 from 8am to Noon.

This year Enterprise Products stepped up to sponsor the event.  Municipal Dr. in Farmington will have restricted access with areas around Farmington City Hall and Reilly Ave. being closed during set up of the simulation, thru the day as the simulation progresses, until the area has been released after Noon.

San Juan County Emergency Management would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding during the disaster simulations. Disaster Simulation training is designed to mimic real world events.  Responders will be reacting as if the simulation is a “real event” and to observers, the simulation may seem real. 
Please remember that this is just a training simulation.

San Juan County’s Exercise Program gives response agencies and industry personnel a chance to practice working together in a simulated emergency/disaster situation. These programs are just one of the many ways San Juan County Office of Emergency Management, local law enforcement and emergency services, and industry are working in partnership to ensure a safer community.

The City of Farmington, Farmington Police Department, San Juan County Office of Emergency Management, and San Juan County Sheriff’s Office social media sites will be updated regularly with information prior to and during the simulation.

If you have questions or concerns about this Disaster Simulation Exercise or other preparedness activities, contact San Juan County Office of Emergency Management at 505-334-7700.

2016 Emergency Exercise Drill

1-26-16  2016 Drill Sponsered by ConocoPhillips

9-7-16  2016 Drill Notice


This year ConocoPhillips stepped up to sponsor the event.  Residents in the area of the ConocoPhillips yard on Herrera Rd. in Farmington will see and hear response vehicles and equipment taking part in the simulation from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Bloomfield residents in the area of Arizona Ave. will see and hear response vehicles as well as a loud sound from an emergency response device coming from the ConocoPhillips San Juan Gas Plant in Bloomfield from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In addition, the plant’s sirens will be alarming for an extended period as part of the simulated event.

law enforcement, emergency services, and industry, simulate a disaster. Participating agencies and businesses spend most of the year planning the one day event, beginning with the Homeland Security Orientation Seminar, held January 27, 2016 at San Juan College and culminating in the Full Scale Exercise (disaster simulation).
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ANIMAS RIVER 2015

8-9-15 RV & Livestock Water Station

8-13-15 Public Information Meetings & Updates

8-6-15 Mine Waste Water Released into Upper Portions of Animas River-Colorado

Aztec, NM – The Aztec RV fill station, located at 201 W. Chaco – next to City Hall and the Aztec Police Station, in Aztec, has been made available for RV and Livestock owners to fill tanks.  Please keep your tank to 100 gallons or less.  This is a free service and will be available all day.
Aztec, NM – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Gina McCarthy attended a Combined Agency Emergency Operations Center briefing today.  She voiced her support for the San Juan County Area and the EPA’s dedication to making sure that those affected by the contamination spill are taken care of.  
Aztec, NM - On Wednesday, August 5, 2015 the Gold King Mine, located above Silverton, Colorado, experienced a breach in their contamination dam, triggering a large release of water containing sediments.

Public Meeting Video 8-13-15

8-9-15 Public Information Meetings

8-14-15 Ditch Water Ban Lifted

8-7-15 Animas River Contamination Plume Update & Residential Precautions

Aztec, NM – Federal, State and Local Officials invite residents of San Juan County to attend a public meetings, every evening, Monday 8/10/16 – Friday 8/14/15 at the Farmington Civic Center Auditorium, 200 W. Arrington, at 6:00pm.
(Aztec, NM) – New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn, Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte, and State Engineer Tom Blaine today initiated the plan to flush irrigation ditches, in order to reduce the Gold King Mine Spill’s potential contamination effects on San Juan County’s crops and livestock.
Aztec, NM - On Wednesday, August 5, 2015 the former Gold King Mine, located above Silverton, Colorado  experienced the breach in their contamination dam, triggering a large release of water containing  unknown contaminants into Cement Creek which is a tributary of the Animas River. 

8-7-15 Notice of Press Conference

8-9-15 Updates on Potable Water Stations & Shower Facilities for At Risk Well Users

8-14-15 Domestic Well Water Use Ban Lifted

Aztec, NM – Today, the precaution against using domestic well water from wells in the Animas floodplain (near the Animas River‐‐site of the Gold King Mine Spill) is lifted by the New Mexico Environment Department and the Health Department with concurrence from the Environmental Protection Agency. All other precautions related to the Gold King Mine Spill of August 5, 2015 remain in place.
Aztec, NM – San Juan County Emergency Manager – Don Cooper has called for a press conference at 5:30pm tonight at San Juan County Fire Operations – 209 S Oliver – Aztec, NM
Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn and New Mexico State Engineer Tom Blaine will be available at the conference.
Aztec, NM – Residents with at risk wells that need assistance with showers will be able to access the McGee Park Showers from 9am to 5pm, Monday 8/10/15 – Saturday 8/15/15, by picking up a special pass at the Lee Acres Sheriff’s Sub Station – 21 RD 5500.

Public Meeting Video 8-14-15

Governor Martinez Video 8-14-15

8-10-15 Public Meetings & Safety Updates

8-7-16 Declaration of Emergency Regarding the Animas River in San Juan County

8-15-15 Animas River Use Ban Lifted

Aztec, NM – An incident information group from the San Juan County CEO’s Office along with representatives from the City of Farmington and New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn, briefed Navajo Nation Speaker, Lorenzo Bates and Tribal Delegates on the Animas River Contamination Event. The team pledged continued assistance and a joint working relationship to mitigate the incident.
(Aztec, NM) – San Juan County Executive Officer, Dr. Kim Carpenter sent a signed declaration lifting the ban on use of the Animas River.  “I am very pleased to sign this declaration, having full support from the Governor’s Long-Term Impact Review Team, the U.S. Environmental Agency, and Local Officials”.  The ban will be officially lifted at 8:00pm tonight.
Aztec, NM – San Juan County Executive Officer, Dr. Kim Carpenter has signed a Declaration of Emergency regarding the contamination of the Animas River by the significant spill that occurred at the Gold King Mine North of Silverton, Colorado on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015.

Public Meeting Video 8-10-15

8-7-15 Public Information Meetings

8-11-15 Public Information Meetings & Updates

8-17-15 Update on Well Water Testing & Irrigation Informtion Resources

Aztec, NM – State and Local Officials invite residents of San Juan County to attend a public meeting, Saturday, 8/8/15, at the Farmington Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 200 W. Arrington, at 12:00 noon.
Aztec, NM – EPA Region 6 (New Mexico) Director, Ron Curry provided a toll free number for residents to reach a “live person” in English, Spanish, and Navajo, 1-844-607-9700. Information on claims and forms for claims can be found at www2.epa.gov/goldkingmine .
Aztec, NM – The final San Juan County Public Information Meeting was held tonight, Monday, August 17, 2015.  Representatives from the EPA, U.S. Department of Health, NM Environment Department, NM State Engineers, NMSU Extension Agency, NM Fish and Wildlife, the City of Farmington, and San Juan County gave updates on the status of continuing efforts around the Animas River Contamination event.

Public Meeting Video 8-11-15

8-12-15 Public Information Meetings & Updates

8-8-15 Animas River Contamination Updated Information for Residents

Aztec, NM – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives have requested a mobile lab.  The lab would allow for faster testing of local wells.  Testing continues to be available through Saturday at the East entrance to McGee Park at the Lee Acres Sheriff’s Sub Station, 21 RD 5500.
Aztec, NM – A public meeting was held on 8/8/15 at the Farmington Civic Center in which Federal, Navajo Nation, State, and local officials updated community members and stood for questions.

Public Meeting Video 8-14-15

Governor Martinez Video 8-14-15