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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

Apr 13

Here is the latest information from the National Weather Service.

Apr 13

The NWS has pretty much kept the same forecast as yesterday but maybe timing a little later. For the Hastings area:
Timing: Start around midnight and snow until noon on Sat.
Snow amounts: 4-6 inches
Winds: sustained winds 35-45 mph with gusts up to 55-60 mph
Sat wind chill: high single digits to lower teens.
They are saying that their model is not moving much but there is a good possibility that we won’t get as much snow as predicted.

This area is included in a Blizzard Warning so be careful and BE SAFE!!!

Apr 12

It will NEVER end!!!!
We will start with rain on Friday, April 13th. That will turn to snow between 6 pm – 11 pm. It should snow throughout the night into Sat am. We will have very strong winds (35-45 mph with gusts up to 55-60 mph).
The tri-cities are looking at 4-6 inches of snow with wind chill temperatures around 12 degrees by noon on Sat.
With the high winds and snow-visibility will be poor. We will have blizzard or near blizzard conditions.

Apr 7

Just a reminder that the Outdoor Warning Sirens will sound today at noon for the monthly test. These tests will continue on the first Saturday through October.

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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