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

Feb 22

Weather Summary

• A winter storm looks to impact the region starting Friday night and continuing into Saturday.

• A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for portions of the area, where there is higher confidence of seeing 4+ inches of snow. This 4+ looks like North of GI in our area with the Hastings area receiving 2-4 inches

• There is the potential for a wintry mix of snow/freezing drizzle..and light icing.

• Wind does not look to be a significant issue.

· Temperatures mid-teens to upper teens Friday evening-all day Sun

Feb 21

We can expect a little snow <1”. This is a 36 hour period. Some freezing drizzle possible Wed. Evening into Thursday morning.The lows on Thursday AM should be in the 16 degree range. With highs on Wed and Thursday mid 20s.

Feb 16


April 2, 2018 will be our annual severe weather presentation by the National Weather Service. Come and listen to the experts talk about the weather and have a cookie and some water.

6:30-8:00 PM at the Hastings Museum.

Feb 10

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

The Hastings area is in a Winter Weather Advisory until 3 am.

We could get 2-4 inches of new snow from 3 pm-Midnight
Cold-Wind chills down to -15 degrees overnight.

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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