Services & Programs

Trego County Emergency Management offers many services and programs to keep you and your family safe in the event of emergencies. Learn a little about what we do and the regulations we follow here.

Outdoor Warning Sirens

The outdoor sirens are tested on Monday at Noon Outdoor sirens are to warn people outside, they are not intended to warn people inside buildings. When hazardous weather is expected always listen to weather forecast. Always have a plan developed for where to go before a hazard arises. Be prepared!

Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

The Trego County Emergency Operations Plan for 2013 has been approved by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) and is in the process of being promulgated by the Board of County Commissioners and signed off on by all stakeholders. This EOP meets all state and federal requirements for compliance with SARA Title III and NIMS.

The new EOP is web-based, meaning that it resides on a website created by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Trego County Emergency Management has recently completed an extensive update of the Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2011. The Trego County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee analyzed the overall risk and impact from past hazards on area residents, property, and critical infrastructure. That information was considered in evaluating and updating past mitigation policies and initiatives to prevent future disaster losses, in particular from natural hazards.

The project was coordinated by Trego County Emergency Management with technical assistance provided by a consulting firm. The Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee was composed of representatives from each political jurisdiction and special district within the county. The Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources, the Kansas State Forestry Department, and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management also participated in the planning process.

If you have questions about the planning process or the plan itself, please call the Emergency Management Office at 785-743-2753.


Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know

Title III of SARA (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act) deals with emergency planning, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery associated with hazardous chemicals. It provides funding for training and also establishes requirements for reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals - requirements that apply both to industries and to all levels of government.

The legislation emphasizes:
  • Helping communities meet their responsibility to be prepared to handle chemical emergencies
  • Increasing public knowledge and access to information on the hazardous chemicals present in their communities ("community-right-to-know")
In order to comply with SARA Title III, states are required to designate emergency planning districts to prepare and implement emergency plans for dealing with an accidental or unplanned release of hazardous materials. Within those districts, the state must appoint a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

In Kansas, each county has been designated as a local planning district.