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Adams County Weather Alerts

Aug 30

To all,

The following was put out by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency-this is good to follow no matter what disaster or where it is.

How Can You Help?

When disaster strikes, Nebraskans are quick to ask: “How can I help?” NEMA offers the following advice for Nebraskans who want to support Texas and Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“We always try to promote the message that cash is the best option,” said NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma. “Pick a reputable organization and send funds to be used for what is needed most. Instead of sending a case of water to people in need, it is much cheaper to donate money to a charitable organization who can use the funds to purchase a pallet of water that can be sent using an already established transportation and distribution network to get the supplies to where they are needed most.”

Donating specific household items to disaster survivors can create a burden on responding agencies, as they must collect, sort, clean and distribute items. Send money instead and let volunteers continue working to provide direct services to survivors. Remember:

• Send money, not physical items.

• Money goes further to provide direct assistance to those in need.

• Donated money can be used to purchase items in the affected areas and contributes to the area’s economic recovery.

• Seek out local Citizen Corps programs to receive disaster prep training.

• Take steps now to plan ahead for a disaster. Prepared communities = resilient communities.

Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) has a webpage with information on volunteering or donating to relief efforts for people affected by Hurricane Harvey. It also includes a link for corporate in-kind donations. Please visit: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website. The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

The American Red Cross currently has about 1,000 volunteers, from all over the country, working to provide shelter and comfort to people impacted by the storm. You can help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County, Texas, Judge Ed Emmett established the Greater Houston Community Foundation Relief Fund which will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims who have been affected by the recent floods. To donate, visit: The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Other area organizations mentioned in the Harris County Texas news release include: the United Way and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) (

Register to volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization which are already in Texas supporting survivors. The National VOAD and Texas VOAD websites are offering links to those who wish to register to volunteer with community- and faith-based organizations working in the field.

Another important reminder for people who want to help: do not self-deploy to a disaster site and expect to volunteer. Volunteers must first contact a local disaster response organization to see if they are sending volunteers to impacted areas.

“It is important to make arrangements before arriving at a disaster to volunteer,” Tuma said. “Showing up unexpectedly may result in you being turned away by law enforcement. Volunteer safety is important and people arriving without a specified assignment, safety gear and valid identification creates problems.”

Aug 21

The great viewing weather of the Solar Eclipse was sponsored by The National Weather Service and The Adams County EMA!!!!

Aug 18

Good Afternoon,
This information came from a Webinar that the National Weather Service presented.
The is no severe weather on the horizon from Fri-Mon.
For Monday between 11:30 am-2:30 pm:
Temperatures—upper 70 to lower 80s
Wind speed—10-20 mph
We are looking at some thunderstorms Sunday evening and possibly Monday evening

Aug 1

Solar Eclipse information!

August 21, 2017

The beginning of the partial eclipse starts at 11:34 and runs until 2:26. The timeframe for the total eclipse in our area is 12:58.23-1:00.56. This is the information I have received from the SolFest Committee. The Hastings area is having multiple events which can be found on the website:

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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