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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

Jun 26

We have possible severe thunderstorms on Tuesday, Wed, and Thursday. The chances are slight for the Hastings area but the potential is there. On Tuesday the greater chance of severe storms are to the Southeast of Hastings with the timing being 7pm-4am. On Wednesday the stronger possibilities is Northwest of Hastings with t similar timing as Tuesday. Thursday this whole area has about a 15% chance of severe weather in the afternoon throughout the evening. The temperatures are back to mid- 80s to low 90s.
The 4th of July weekend with temperatures in the mid-80s and 20% chance of storms.

Jun 19

The greatest chance for severe weather will be Wednesday and maybe again on Thursday.
Wednesday will be VERY hot with temperatures hitting 100 degrees in some areas. Cooler temperatures will come in on Friday and stay through next week. On Friday we have some chance of rain in the evening. Again on Sat-we can expect some rain but not looking severe at this time.

Jun 12

This week’s temperatures will stay in the normal range of low 80s to upper 80s.
The highest chance of severe weather is Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning but the Hastings area is in only a slight risk for that with the greatest chance of severe storms East of 281 and NE of Grand Island. The rest of the week might have some chances of rain but nothing that looks severe.
The 8-14 day outlook is warm and dry.


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
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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.

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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.

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Adams County Emergency Management

1313 N. Hastings
Hastings, NE 68901

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

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