We help Adams County, Nebraska, manage emergencies!

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

Mar 29

Today is the Severe Weather Warning DRILL. Sirens in Adams County will be set of at 10:30 this morning. Good time for a home or work drill.

Mar 26

There will be a siren test on March 29 at 1030 am for the statewide severe weather week. We will begin our monthly test April 1-yes this is correct-April 1. We test the sirens the first Sat of each month at 11:58 am. April-October

Mar 14

Tonight, March 14th, the Adams County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will be putting on the annual Weather Spotter Presentation. This is for all who are interested in weather and how it works and for anyone interested in being a weather spotter for the Adams County EMA. This presentation will start at 6:30 pm and will be about 90 minutes. This will be held at the Hastings Museum in the main auditorium so we have room for over 200 people. There will be cookies and water. The concession stand will also be open.

Feb 24

Today once the snow subsides, we will be looking at mid-20s-low 30s temperatures with wind 25-40 mph-cloudy
Sat. Temperatures 35-45 with winds 10-15 mph-sunny
Sun Temperatures 36-48 with winds 10-15 mph-sunny

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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