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EMA logoContact Information:
Doug Huntrods

200 E Center St
Madison SD 57042

Phone: 605-256-7611
Fax: 605-256-7622

Doug Huntrods
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Effective April 21, 2015 Lake County, South Dakota adopted an open burning ordinance.  The general provision of this ordinance states that open burning (with exceptions listed in the ordinance) is prohibited when the National Weather Service places a RED FLAG WARNING for the county or the GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX for the county is Very High or Extreme.  The links below will take you to the National Weather Service Sioux Falls Office website for the both of this ratings.  Please note that the first link may show multiple dangers for a county/region such as a freeze warning and

Hazardous Weather Page that includes RED FLAG WARNINGS for Lake County and Surrounding areas:

Grassland Fire Danger Index page:

You can also call the Sioux Falls office at (605) 330-4247 to request this information.

Click here to read ORDINANCE #15-59.


CALL 9-1-1 for all emergencies
For Non-Emergencies, call the Lake County 9-1-1 Communications 256-7620 or 256-7531

See the Lake County Communications Webpage for more details

If you are not from Lake County, contact your local County Emergency Management office for information specific to your area.  Each County has an Emergency Management Office. 
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Emergency Management works within a living circle, which consists of Mitigation, Planning, Response, and Recovery operations. All of these actions are on going throughout the year as well as during an emergency situation. The primary focus of operations during an emergency will change with seasonal weather conditions as warranted in the situational reports. The general public can be a valuable asset any situation and are to monitor the conditions around them and report things as they happen. During any emergency situation it is better that all citizens monitor local radio or media stations from the safety of their home instead of going to the scene where they could be placing themselves in harms way.

Mission Statement

To provide training, resources, and leadership for first responders and the citizens of Lake County through pro-active Mitigations to prevent loss of life and property damage from natural or technical hazards.

Work towards a TEAM concept to maximize teamwork and partnerships between local, state and federal organizations. Provide the leadership and support by creating and updating comprehensive plans that will enhance an Integrated Emergency Management program by following the PREPARE – RESPOND – RECOVER and MITIGATE cycle.

National Weather Service “STORM READY”
Awarded to Lake County for 2002-2005
Recertified for 2006 - 2008

Recertified 2009 – 2011



Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. This is achieved through several activities or projects that reduce risk. This would include items such as building codes, flood insurance, and retention dams.

Preparing for any natural or manmade disaster is an on-going task that has to be completed by emergency responders and yourself.  Emergency responders will protect infrastructure and respond to life threatening conditions, however, when it comes to your home, business and family, the primary responsibility is yours to protect them.

Emergency responders are trained to respond to numerous natural and man-made hazards.  You are encouraged to prepare for emergencies to protect yourself, family, home, and business.  Do you and your family members know what to do during an emergency?  Make a plan for your home and business.  It will reduce the impact on how it affects you and your family.

Recovery from any emergency could take a large amount of time.  Monitor the local media stations for up to date information of what you need to be aware of and how to respond.  Media information will be release as needed to handle the event.  Meetings will be conducted as needed.  Keep informed of the several issues that may affect you during the recovery period.

Operational Resources are designed for responders.

Several grants are available. Typically, the programs are designed for government or non-profit organizations. Assistance is available for those that would like to pursue programs that could help their organization.



Lake County Emergency Management Office conducts coordination and preparation with the following areas:

  • spillsCERT – Community Emergency Response Teams
  • County Emergency Responders
  • Emergency Preparedness Training for Citizens and Responders
  • Emergency Resources Management
  • Grant Coordinator for Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness Programs, and Office of Domestic Preparedness.
  • HAZMAT Operations Plans (Hazardous Materials)
  • Homeland Security
  • ICS (Incident Command System)
  • Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP)
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee / Citizen Corps
  • NIMS (National Incident Management System)
  • Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP)
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan (PDM)
  • Prevention of Natural, Technological, or Man-made hazards