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DCEM Annual Report

Welcome to the Douglas County, Kansas Emergency Management Annual Report page. Here you will find links to current and past Annual Reports.


2019 Annual Report - From Deputy Director Jillian Rodrigue

On behalf of the Douglas County Emergency Management Team, it is my pleasure to share our 2019 Annual Report. It was a year of challenges and change met with teamwork and perseverance. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Interim Director Joe Hoelscher for his dedication to the department and community.

Years of planning, training and exercising was put to the test in 2019 with tornado and flooding events. On May 28, two tornadoes moved through Douglas County. Both tornados were damaging, however, the stronger of the two grew to EF-4 strength. 2019 was also a record year for flooding including on July 31st – August 1st areas of the County experienced 8-10 inches of rain within approximately 8 hours.

Both disasters brought hardship for many along with the best out of the community who sought to serve those in their hour of need. Public, private and non-profit entities came together in the Emergency Operations Center, Incident Command, in the field and in Long Term Recovery to fulfill a common mission of service over self. We are truly humbled by the outpouring of support from every individual who showed up and lent a hand.

I am excited for what the future holds for our team and community as we welcomed several new staff including Director Robert Bieniecki, Administrative Officer Jenni Blake, Emergency Management Specialist Josh Taylor and Duty Officer Kari Wempe. A special thanks to our cadre of remarkable volunteers who continually stepped up to answer the call for help.

I am truly honored to work amongst such caring and dedicated individuals. It is through their tireless efforts that we are successful. From tornado warnings to writing and exercising emergency plans, I hope you will not only learn more about our department but the behind-the-scenes work and individuals who make it all happen.

Please click here to view the 2019 Emergency Management Annual Report


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