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When an emergency strikes, Adams County Emergency Management wants you and your family or business to be prepared! We can help you create an emergency plan and build a survival kit for such disasters as tornadoes, floods, severe winter storms, severe drought, chemical spill, fires, and more!

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Adams County Weather Alerts

May 22

We have a possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon. In our area we are looking at .1-.25 inches between 3 pm and 10 pm. Small chance of a severe storm coming but we always must be ready.
Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures in the low 70s with slight chance of sprinkles.
Thursday through Memorial Day. Temperatures to remain in the low 70s and not much chance or precipitation except for Sat. We have some possibility of some thunderstorms throughout the day on Sat. with up to an inch of rain. Sunday back sunny again and the first look at Memorial Day-Possibly sunny and highs in the 80s.
The next weather update will be Tuesday of next week.
Enjoy the sun when it is out.

May 17

We should be over the major rains for 24 hours but look for the possibility of severe thunderstorms around 6 pm Thursday evening and throughout the evening. The biggest risks included large hail and high winds. The main tornado threats would be along Interstate 70. Because of the amount of rain, most of this area will be in a Flash flood watch. Look for more than one round of rain from Thursday evening until Friday night.

May 16

A brief update for today’s possible storm. A watch should be issued for some parts of South Central NE. The possibilities are up to 70 mph winds, up to 2” hail. The storm right now looks like it will go in a line from Phillipsburg, KS towards York. Hastings is bordering this storm.

May 15

We have possible thunderstorms for Mon, Tues, and Wed afternoons. The signs are there for severe weather this afternoon. Tuesday again has some severe weather signs. Neither day are a sure thing but just a note to watch. On Wed. the possibility is not as great.
Longer range outlook—May 20-24. Cooler and wetter.
As always if anything changes I will send updates. Have a great day.

What does Adams County Emergency Management do?

We are a department of Adams County, Nebraska, serving all of Adams County including the city of Hastings and villages of Ayr, Holstein, Juniata, Kenesaw, Prosser and Roseland. As an emergency management agency, we do much more than monitor the weather.

Some of the many things we do include:

  • Creating the Adams County Local Emergency Operations Plan and keeping it up-to-date.
  • Helping area families, businesses, schools and industries to create emergency disaster plans and assist them in practicing the plans when requested.
  • Conducting training and drills, testing equipment, and coordinating emergency-related activities with the communities we serve.
  • Setting up an Emergency Operations Center and serving as Incident Commanders or working with the Unified Command when disasters strike.
  • Assisting the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), which is committed to improving the public’s awareness of possible chemical hazards in Adams County, and to ensuring the proper resources and planning regarding the safety of our communities is in place.
  • Serving as the Local Homeland Security Coordinator by writing and administering Homeland Security grants received by the City of Hastings or Adams County.
  • Being a resource and support agency for other emergency services, and helping area agencies in developing and conducting emergency exercises.

Our Staff

Chip Volcek

Director of Adams County Emergency Management

Chip has been with the Adams County Emergency Management Agency since March of 2011. He is on the Governance Board for Nebraska Regional Interoperability Network (NRIN), Fiscal agent for the South Central PET Region, and the Secretary of the Nebraska Association of Emergency Managers (NAEM) along with his county duties. Chip had a 21 year career with the North Platte Fire Department before retiring in 2007.

Chip and his wife, Christine, make their home in Hastings. He enjoys golfing, chess, and traveling with his wife.


Dawna Whitcomb

Administrative Assistant

Dawna has been with the Adams County Emergency Management Agency since July of 2013.

Most recently, she worked for the State of Nebraska, Department of Correctional Services, in Omaha before moving to Hastings. Prior to this, she was employed with JBS in Grand Island as an Accounting Specialist for 12 years.

Dawna lives in Hastings with her husband, Brad, where she enjoys music and spending time with family and friends.

Learn More

Adams County Emergency Management

1313 N. Hastings
Hastings, NE 68901

Office: 402-461-2360
Fax: 402-461-2367

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