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 20

Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week is next week, March 26th-30th. Are you prepared? Do you have a plan in place for your home, school, and workplace?

The Statewide Tornado Safety Drill will be held on Wednesday, March 28th. This is the perfect time to practice your plan!
* 10:00 am - Test Watch
* 10:15 am - Test Warning - Outdoor Warning Sirens activated

Mar 12

Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week is coming up March 26-30th. Check out the post below from the National Weather Service along with a link to an Information Packet. Most importantly, BE PREPARED.

Feb 26

4th Grade classes in Adams County were invited to take part in the Severe Weather Poster Contest sponsored by The Nebraska Association of Emergency Managers, The National Weather Service, The Nebraska National Guard, and The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. The top three posters were sent to NEMA to be judged with all other entries from across the state. The top ones not only got monetary prizes but a calendar will be made from all the winners. Adams County's entries to the state were from Ms. Leininger's class at Lincoln School. The 3 that were sent in were from Renata Valencia Cortez, Sheryl Lagunas, and Jaeden Forbes. After the judging, the 3 that were sent in received State Honorable Mention. Other entries from Ms. Leinninger’s class were from: Logan Brakhahn, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Reyes, Mechak Tako, Jesslynn Bravo, Sandra Cranford, Zyler Francis, Peyton George, Jadynn Vandeventer, and Anaya Levarity. Good job all!!!

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

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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