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Scotts Bluff County
Region 22 Emergency Management
In 1983, the office of Scotts Bluff County Emergency Management was formed under the Nebraska Emergency Management Act. The original interjurisdictional agreement included Scotts Bluff County and the cities of Gering and Scottsbluff. In November, 2003, this interlocal agreement was updated to include Banner County. On February 22, 2008 the office was reorganized as Region 22 Emergency Managment. Scotts Bluff County, Banner County, the City of Scottsbluff, the City of Gering and the City of Terrytown signed the new interlocal agreement. The full time office provides emergency management services for all within the agreement and also includes the smaller cities, towns and villages within Scotts Bluff County and Banner County. On March 5, 2010 the Region 22 Emergency Management moved to it's new location at 1801 Ave B, Scottsbluff, NE.
Mitigation, Planning, Response and Recovery is the mission statement for Emergency Management. This office works closely with all agencies in the counties to create a coordinated effort of Emergency Management.
Scotts Bluff County has experienced several emergencies/disasters within the past years.
These were more easily controlled because of our local coordinated effort in disaster planning and exercising.
Region 22 Emergency Management provides local public awareness programs and training for emergency workers and first responders. Many of these courses are coordinated through Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
The Federal Government has placed emphasis on hazardous materials storage and planning in each community. Through the SARA TITLE III PROGRAM, it is mandated that each county have a LEPC in place for the purpose of planning, keeping track of the storage facilities, and a plan for response in the event of an incident at a storage facility. The SARA TITLE III PROGRAM is the community's right-to-know where and what is stored in their community. Each facility must report to three agencies - the local fire department, the local emergency planning committee office (this office), and the Department of Environmental Quality. It is further mandated that each county have a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) which is directed under the authority of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). This group meets on a quarterly basis.
Public Safety Building
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
308 436-6689 - Main
Jerry Bretthauer - Director
308 641-0016 - Cell
Flood Declaration 2011
A flood damage assessment team comprised of Small Business Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, and Region 22 Emergency Management personnel surveyed flood seepage damage in Scotts Bluff County. When the threshold for providing Individual Assistance in the form of low interest Individual Assistance loans was not met, a second team comprised of personnel from the same organizations listed above, conducted a second flood damage assessment. On November 4, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman a denial of Individual Assistance letter for Scotts Bluff County under major disaster declaration FEMA-4013-DR. See the 4013IA Appeal Denial Letter.
To view the Disaster Declaration - PDF file size 375 KB
To view the 4013IA Appeal Denial Letter - PDF file size 198 KB
Region 22 Volunteer Reception Center Purpose and Operations
The Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) will be opened at the request of the local Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and maintained until the EOC notifies the VRC and the United Way of Western Nebraska that there is no longer a need for the VRC.
The VRC will:
Region 22 Volunteer Reception Center Operations Manual 8-15-10 - PDF file size 3,300 KB
Downloadable Information / Local Emergency Operation Plans
Updated: 2013.06.03 - 10:00 MDT