Emergency Management

Tornado and Lightning

What we do...

Riley County Emergency Management (RCEM) is the designated disaster agency for the county. RCEM is responsible for coordinating the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters for all cities and rural areas in Riley County, Kansas


The mitigation phase includes determining ways to lessen the impact of a disaster.


Preparedness includes conducting presentations and classes, distributing brochures and pamphlets at events such as the county fair, promoting NOAA all-hazards weather radios, encouraging families to develop a disaster plan, attending classes, developing relationships with local, regional, state, and federal partners, participating in countywide and regional exercises and drills, reviewing and updating county plans (emergency operations, debris management, hazard mitigation), administering the emergency notification system, administering the FireTrax/ID card system, and logging hazardous materials/chemicals inventory.

Response and Recovery

Response and recovery phases include working with local, regional, state, and federal agencies after an event to assess the damage and to coordinate assistance for victims and responders. Riley County Emergency Management staff has responded to national events such as Hurricane Katrina and Greensburg Tornado.

Volunteer Coordination and Management

Emergency Management coordinates and manages more than 100 volunteers. Those volunteers are members of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team),  storm spotters (WARN – Weather Amateur Radio Network), and the CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team.

Emergency Management staff belongs to:

  • Riley County LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee)
  • KEMA (Kansas Emergency Management Association)
  • Riley County 911 Advisory board
  • Northeast Regional Homeland Security Council

911 Fund

Emergency Management also administers the 911 fund. 911 fees (collected from hardwire and wireless) are used to purchase necessary equipment and services for the 911 system in Riley County. Emergency Management maintains the AT&T 911 database used for streets and addresses within Riley County.

Emergency Notification

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  1. Preparing for Severe Weather Season

    “We all know Kansas weather can change quickly, so the need for proactive readiness is clear. Our motto is prepared, not scared,” explained Laurie Harrison, Riley County Emergency Management Assistant Director. Read on...
  2. Riley County prepares for extreme cold

    Extreme cold weather will arrive Thursday night, January 11th and continue through at least Tuesday morning, January 16th. Wind chill temperatures could drop as low as 30 degrees below zero, creating hazardous conditions for both people and animals. Read on...
  3. Safety Tips for Excessive Heat

    The National Weather Service issued an EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING in effect through at least Thursday, August 24. Dangerously high temperatures will increase the risk of heat-related illness. Take safety precautions and avoid strenuous activity outdoors. Read on...
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