Saturday, May 30, 2020

Emergency Management

Keith Haberer - KCEM Coordinator

Office: 785-483-5100Fax: 785-483-2303Cell: 785-324-1381

Russell County Emergency Management helps us prepare for and be ready to respond to all types of disasters including hazardous material incidents, airport emergencies, severe weather events, or terrorist attacks.


Kansas - Russell / KSZ032 - Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Kansas issued by the National Weather Service.

Global Incident Map

Upcoming Training:


Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and RecoveryThe Russell County Emergency Management Department  coordinates all components of the Emergency Management System by working closely with local, State and Federal agencies as well as volunteer and private organizations.  Russell County Emergency Management activily promotes protection of people, property and the environment against (natural, technological, vector and civil societal hazards.

Key responsibilities

  1. Mitigation: Activities designed to avoid or prevent emergencies from occurring, and to reduce ill effects of those that are unavoidable.
  2. Preparedness: Planning and training are the essential elements of preparedness, as well as proper and adequate supplies, equipment, facilities, and dedicated personnel.
  3. Response: Time and speed are the essential elements of response.  Department operations may include warning, evacuation, suppression, rescue, apprehensions, treatment, and in some cases withdrawal for safety reasons.
  4. Recovery: A return to normal or improved state of being.  The rebuilding phase which includes repairing, or rebuilding property, regaining health, state or mind and economic stability.

Homeland Security Advisory SystemRecommendations for Individuals and Families

Risk of Attack Recommended Actions
Severe Complete recommended actions at lower levels- Listen to radio or TV for current information and instructions- Contact business and or school to determine status of work and or school day- Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities- Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governemental authorities- Discuss children's fears concerning possible terrorist attacks
High Complete recommended actions at lower levels- Exercise caution when traveling- If a need is announced, donate blood at a designated blood collection agency-Take additional precautions at public events
Elevated Complete recommended actions at lower levels- Practice your Disaster Plan on the 11th of each month- Develop alternate routes to and from work or school and practice team
Guarded Complete recommended actions at lower level- Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to the proper authorities- Provide volunteer services and take advantage of additional volunteer training opportunities
Low - Review and print a copy of Terrorism: Preparing for the unexpected-Develop a Personal / Family disaster plan and update as needed- Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit and update as needed-Prepare a Shelter in Place Kit and update as needed-Develop emergency communication plan with family members, neighbors and friends and update as needed- Examine volunteer opportunities in your community; choose an agency to volunteer with and receive initial training- If not known to you, contact school to determine their emergency notification and evacuation plans for children


This material was developed by Russell County Emergency Management. Some portions of these suggestions have been based on material provided by the Amercian Red Cross & Fema. We gratefully acknowledge them for the portions which they contributed.

Taking Shelter from a Storm - a how to guide to help you

Emergency Prepardness Guidelines - a checklist of an emergency

How to Apply for Fema Assistance

Favorite Links:

Kansas Department of Emergency Management:

Federal Emergency Management Office (Fema)

American Red


Our Mission: The Russell County Emergency Management Department exists to help citizens and local governments mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters (natural, technological, and national security).