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Adams County Weather Alerts

Aug 18

Good Afternoon,
This information came from a Webinar that the National Weather Service presented.
The is no severe weather on the horizon from Fri-Mon.
For Monday between 11:30 am-2:30 pm:
Temperatures—upper 70 to lower 80s
Wind speed—10-20 mph
We are looking at some thunderstorms Sunday evening and possibly Monday evening

Aug 1

Solar Eclipse information!

August 21, 2017

The beginning of the partial eclipse starts at 11:34 and runs until 2:26. The timeframe for the total eclipse in our area is 12:58.23-1:00.56. This is the information I have received from the SolFest Committee. The Hastings area is having multiple events which can be found on the website:

Jul 3

Today we are looking at a marginal risk for severe storms. For the 4th we are also looking at a marginal risk for severe weather. There is less than a 30% chance of some rain around 10 pm on the 4th. From Wed the 5th-next week are looking for diminished chances of scattered rain with normal temperatures.

Jun 28

The possibilities for severe weather for Adams County is Slight. This is a lower risk than yesterday’s Enhanced which the NWS was on target with. The timing for tonight is 8 pm-3 am. The risks are: golf ball sized hail, 60 mph gusts, heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning.
Thursday’s timing is 5 pm-midnight. The risk level is Enhanced for our area. The hazards are golf ball size hail and wind gusts up to 70 mph.
Even though it is not stated you can NEVER rule out the possibility of a tornado in NE.
Friday and Sat-Dry and mid-80s, but possible severe storms Sunday afternoon-evening.

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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