Emergency Management

Public safety, public trust


Russell County Emergency Management helps us prepare for and be ready to respond to all types of disasters including hazardous material incidents, airport emergencies, severe weather events, or terrorist attacks.

The Russell County Emergency Management Department coordinates all components of the Emergency Management System by working closely with local, State and Federal agencies as well as volunteer and private organizations. Russell County Emergency Management actively promotes the protection of people, property, and the environment against (natural, technological, vector, and civil societal hazards.

View the Russell County Response Map 20202 (PDF).

Key Responsibilities

  • Mitigation: Activities designed to avoid or prevent emergencies from occurring, and to reduce ill effects of those that are unavoidable.
  • Preparedness: Planning and training are the essential elements of preparedness, as well as proper and adequate supplies, equipment, facilities, and dedicated personnel.
  • Response: Time and speed are the essential elements of response. Department operations may include warning, evacuation, suppression, rescue, apprehensions, treatment, and in some cases withdrawal for safety reasons.
  • Recovery: A return to normal or improved state of being. The rebuilding phase includes repairing or rebuilding property, regaining health, state, or mind, and economic stability.

Weather Alerts

The Russell, Kansas weather zone is KSZ032.

Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Kansas issued by the National Weather Service. View the weather forecast for Russell.


View a map of global terrorism and other suspicious events.

Homeland Security Advisory System

Risk of AttackRecommended Actions
  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Listen to radio or TV for current information and instructions
  • Contact business and or school to determine status of work and or school day
  • Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities
  • Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governmental authorities
  • Discuss children's fears concerning possible terrorist attacks
  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Exercise caution when traveling
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at a designated blood collection agency
  • Take additional precautions at public events
  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Practice your Disaster Plan on the 11th of each month
  • Develop alternate routes to and from work or school and practice team
  • Complete recommended actions at lower level
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to the proper authorities
  • Provide volunteer services and take advantage of additional volunteer training opportunities
  • Review and print a copy of Terrorism: Preparing for the unexpected-Develop a Personal / Family disaster plan and update as needed
  • Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit and update as needed
  • Prepare a Shelter in Place Kit and update as needed
  • Develop emergency communication plan with family members, neighbors, and friends and update as needed
  • Examine volunteer opportunities in your community; choose an agency to volunteer with and receive initial training
  • If not known to you, contact school to determine their emergency notification and evacuation plans for children