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

Jul 17

***This Warning has expired ***
Southern Adams County is in a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 9:30 PM.

Jul 16

Adams County and several surrounding counties are in an Excessive Heat Warning from Wednesday afternoon to Friday evening this week. Please stay hydrated and check on neighbors and others that may need assistance.

Jul 10


Due to the recent rain and flooding events, it has been determined that Adams County has sustained enough damages to roads, infrastructures and residences that we have elected to file a STATE OF EMERGENCY for Adams County.

"Adams County, Nebraska has suffered from a Severe Flooding Event that occurred on July 8, around 6:00pm (and on-going) and continued throughout the following consecutive days, causing severe damage to public and private property, disruption of services and the endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of Adams County. This declaration encompasses the entire area and villages throughout Adams County."

"Therefor, the Chair of the Adams County Board of Commissioners/Supervisors has declared a STATE OF EMERGENCY authorized under Nebraska State Statute R.R.S. 81-829.50 on behalf of Adams County, and will execute for and on behalf of Adams County, the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, the invoking of mutual aid agreements, and the applying to the State of Nebraska for assistance from the Governor’s Emergency Fund and any other resources he/she deems necessary in the fulfillment of his/her duties."

Adams County Emergency Management urges the cooperation of residents and visitors to Adams County to abide with Barricades and use extreme caution around any flooded area, river or creek. The current is faster than we are used to, and there are trees and debris in the waters that could pose a danger. Be especially alert during night time hours, as the visibility makes it difficult to see standing water on roadways.

The National Weather Service predicts the water to begin to recede today, however since the breach of the river and creeks rose into nearby fields, as the water recedes, it will begin draining side chutes of flooding from fields and low lying areas that have been holding flood waters back into the canals.

Jul 10

Thank you to all who came to assist with sandbagging in rural Adams County along Little Blue River. We appreciate your efforts in keeping everyone safe.

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

Ron Pughes


Ron Pughes is currently the Director for Adams County Emergency Management housed in The Hastings Nebraska Fire Department.

Ron has extensive knowledge in Disaster Response and Preparedness. Recognized for his efforts in Community Preparedness, Ron, in conjunction with the group he leads, The Medical Reserve Corps has received Local, State and National recognition for Community Preparedness, Innovation and Response.

Ron has spoken and taught to Nationwide audiences on community preparedness, funding and response. As a Nationally registered Paramedic/Fire Fighter, Ron has worked closely with both paid and volunteer departments in three states for over 20 years.

Ron has a Bachelor's of Science Degree with a focus in Emergency Management and Fire Science. Ron graduated Summa-Cum-Laude from Purdue University. On his off time, Ron enjoys spending time with his wife of over 25 years and son Johnny who is Nine. Ron also enjoys volunteering, raising livestock, camping and building construction.


Dawna Whitcomb

Administrative Assistant

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

Most recently, she filled the role of Interim Director of Adams County Emergency Management until Ron was hired. Prior to her time with the agency, she was employed with JBS in Grand Island as an Accounting Specialist for 12 years. She also worked for the State of Nebraska, Department of Correctional Services, prior to moving to Hastings.

Dawna sits on the board of the Nebraska Association of Emergency Managers as the Central Region Area Director.

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

Learn More

Adams County Emergency Management

1313 N. Hastings
Hastings, NE 68901

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

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