Emergency Management

Phone: (605) 668-5289
Fax: (605) 668-5261
Address: 807 Capitol Street, Yankton SD 57078

Emergency Management Office

The Emergency Management Office is located in the EMS building at 807 Capitol Street. Use the northern-most entrance on the east side of the building.



Yankton County Emergency Management exists to protect the residents of Yankton County and their property from the effects of natural, man made, and technological disasters through efforts in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

It’s that time of the year again to begin looking at our Severe Weather preparedness programs. Do you know where your severe weather gear is at? Or do you need to update your shelter plans? Now is the time to get prepared. We have several programs going on, beginning in two weeks, and continuing throughout the summer. The first thing is the Severe Weather Awareness Training put on by the National Weather Service from Sioux Falls. This is an in-person training session. Each class will run from 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. Registration is NOT required for attending any in-person class. This year in our area the training will be held on March 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Yankton Fire Station #2. 201 W. 21st St, Yankton SD 57078.

We will have more information to come about the severe weather awareness week activities occurring April 25-29, 2022.


Paul Scherschligt

Director of Emergency Management - 7EM1 Send an Email

Erin Hacecky

Chief Deputy Emergency Manager - 7EM2 Send an Email

Robert Taylor

Deputy Emergency Manager/Rescue Liaison - 7EM3 Send an Email

Cherie Hoffman

Deputy Emergency Manager/Public Information Officer– 7EM4 Send an Email

Severe Weather Preparedness Guide

Are You Prepared for a Disaster

Severe weather safety means having a family plan and the supplies necessary to stay safe in the event of severe weather. Being prepared ahead of time is the only effective way to ensure your safety and your family's safety in the event of severe weather.

Storm Sirens

The communities in Yankton County have two (2) different types of siren tones.

The first is a steady tone for three (3) minutes. This is to inform you to go inside and get more information on why they are sounding. This sound NOT be confused with the slow wavering tone used to alert the Volunteer Fire Departments of an emergency call.
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Outdoor Warning Sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of the Month at 12pm

Don't Let a Winter Storm Take You by Surprise


Preparing for Extreme Weather

FEMA's Guide to Making a Family Emergency Communication Plan
Guide to Creating a Family Emergency Communication Plan
Family Communication Plan Fillable Card
Family Communication Plan-Parents
Family Communication Plan- Wallet Size
Family Communication Plan- Kids
FEMA's Guide to Safeguarding Documents and Valuables
Know Your Weather Alerts and Warnings
Preparing for a Tornado
Preparing for a Thunderstorm
Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
Taking Shelter from the Storm Brochure
Taking Shelter from the Storm
Prepare Your Organization for a Tornado
Lightning Safety Guide for Large Venues
Safe Room Construction Plan

Extreme Weather Information- Spanish

Preparing a Family Communication Plan- Spanish
Family Communication Cards- Spanish
Weather Alerts and Warnings- Spanish
Prepare for a Tornado- Spanish
Preparing for a Wildfire- Spanish

Flood Assistance Information

Small Business Disaster Loans
Small Business Disaster Loans- Spanish
Be Prepared for a Flood
Flooding Aid for Septic Systems
Floods and Your Farm
Floods and Your Pets
Floods and Your Business
Floods and Your Home
Floods and Your Family
Floods and Your Livestock
Sandbagging for Flood Protection
Food Safety Recalls and Your Family
Flood Guide- Underground Tanks


2019 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Overview
2019 Infrastructure Disaster Recovery Program Overview
2019 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Overview


Possible Quorum
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

There may be a possible quorum of the Yankton County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00pm. This Meeting will discuss the Yankton County Road 213 Grade Raise (431st Avenue) - James River to Stone Church. It will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Stone Church) - 29219 431st Avenue, Menno, SD 57045.

Yankton County Director of Equalization
Monday, May 16, 2022

If you had damage to your home or any structure on your property due to the storm on May 12th, please contact the Director of Equalization’s Office at 605-260-4400 option 3. This will allow us to make sure we have accurate information with regards to your property assessment.

Yankton County Veteran's Service Office
Monday, May 16, 2022

The Yankton County Veteran's Service Office will be closed until 1:00 pm on May 23, 2022. If you would like to leave a voice message for Cody Mangold you can call 605-260-4420.

Yankton County Auditor
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Last day to register to vote is Monday, May 23, 2022 at 5:00pm. If you have any questions about the upcoming election please give the Yankton County Auditor's office a call. Our phone number is 605-260-1710. Have a great day!

Yankton County Weed Department
Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Yankton County Weed Department would like to remind Yankton County landowners are required to control noxious weeds on their property. The Weed Department will begin inspections on May 1, 2022. To read more CLICK HERE.

Yankton County Highway Department
Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Yankton County Highway Department will begin their Spring/Summer hours on Monday, March 14, 2022. Spring/Summer hours are Monday thru Thursday 6:30am-5:00pm.

Yankton County
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Yankton County adopted a new ordinance regulating Medical Cannabis Establishments that took effect on November 4, 2021. To view the ordinance please CLICK HERE

Main Phone:

321 West 3rd Street, Suite 100 Yankton, SD 57078

Office Hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm CST, Monday-Friday
Closed on Holidays, Saturdays, & Sunday

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