Platte County Emergency Management

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Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
07/03/2020

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

Here is an updated map. You'll see the south YMCA parking lot is now available. There will also be additional parking east of the sponsor area, which is not marked on the map.

Looks like a good chance of severe weather this afternoon.
06/21/2020

Looks like a good chance of severe weather this afternoon.

Heads up, the threat for severe storms seems to be increasing today. Enhanced risk of severe storms across much of the region this afternoon and evening. Looks like the timeline for severe storms begins by 2-4 pm, then continues through the afternoon and evening. All modes of severe weather are possible. Bottom line, please be weather aware today and be prepared to seek shelter if warnings are issued for your area later today.

Press Release from Platte County Regarding Courthouse Opening Monday.
06/12/2020

Press Release from Platte County Regarding Courthouse Opening Monday.

06/10/2020

The National Weather Service reports wind gusts to 62 mph at the Columbus Airport this evening. If you have any wind damage photos please post them here.

06/06/2020

Monthly Outdoor Warning Siren test for Platte County this morning at 11 AM and will continue the first Saturday of the month.

Sign up with Testnebraska at the link.
05/31/2020

Sign up with Testnebraska at the link.

COVID19 testing event with https://www.testnebraska.com/en
Ag Park, Columbus
Monday June 1: 10 am - 2 pm
Tuesday June 2: 8 am - 12 pm
Wednesday June 3: 12 pm - 4 pm

04/11/2020

A little trivia: What is the FOOD item that sells out the most as people are preparing for a snowstorm, hurricane, flood, or any other disaster? Walmart pre positions this item to stores when their Emergency Operations Center determines an area may be affected. Yes Walmart has a EOC in Bentonville AR that operates 24/7.

Gina is correct. Strawberry Pop tarts. Not sure why, comfort food, or they keep a long time.

04/03/2020
Platte County Courthouse Nebraska

Platte County Courthouse Nebraska

Reminder:
The Platte County Courthouse offices are open by appointment ONLY. We are still seeing a large number of people coming to the courthouse without an appointment. Many things can be taken care of online or by the outside drop boxes. If you are unsure what you need to do to get your business taken care of, please call the respective office for guidance or an appointment.

Governor Pete Ricketts
04/01/2020

Governor Pete Ricketts

Thank you to Walmart for promoting social distancing. Everyone needs to follow the six-foot rule everywhere - in public, at home, and in the workplace!

#COVID19

East Central District Health Department
03/28/2020

East Central District Health Department

East-Central District Health Department has just received confirmation of the first positive case of COVID-19 in Platte County. More information will follow as soon as it is available. We urge all Nebraskans to continue social distancing; good health practices, including staying home when sick and; regular hand washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

For those who may not know: Center for Disease Control (CDC). A presumptive positive result is when a patient has tested positive by a local public health laboratory, but results are still pending confirmation at a CDC lab.

East Central District Health Department
03/28/2020

East Central District Health Department

Social distancing efforts must increase to make sure our healthcare system is not overwhelmed. #flattenthecurve #stayhome Please share.

East Central District Health Department
03/20/2020

East Central District Health Department

03/19/2020
East Central District Health Department
03/18/2020

East Central District Health Department

#COVID-19 #Flattenthecurve #BelikeBob #NoRumors

This morning the Platte County Board Chairman Jerry Engdhal signed a Emergency Declaration for Platte County.  This is p...
03/17/2020

This morning the Platte County Board Chairman Jerry Engdhal signed a Emergency Declaration for Platte County. This is primarily a formality to open up potential funding for public entities including the County, Schools, Cities and Villages and their EMS departments to possibly receive reimbursement funds from FEMA as the COVID-19 Pandemic progresses.

East Central District Health Department
03/16/2020

East Central District Health Department

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East Central District Health Department
03/11/2020
East Central District Health Department

East Central District Health Department

The latest update on COVID-19 in Nebraska from the NE Dept. of Health and Human Services. East Central District Health Department is closely tracking these developments. Keep yourself updated and informed about this rapidly changing story here on our FB page, follow us on Instagram @eastcentralhd and Twitter @neighbor_center, or visit our website, ecdhd.ne.gov

Please share this to get this important message out.
03/08/2020

Please share this to get this important message out.

Most recent press release regarding the possible COVID-19 patient contact with Fremont residents at the Special Olympics event Feb. 29 at the Fremont Family YMCA. More information is available on our website ecdhd.ne.gov

September is Emergency Preparedness Month but it doesn't hurt to prepare early. ready.gov can help you create an emergen...
02/28/2020
Plan Ahead for Disasters | Ready.gov

September is Emergency Preparedness Month but it doesn't hurt to prepare early.

ready.gov can help you create an emergency kit for your home and family.

Human Coronavirus Know the facts about Coronavirus. Public Health is everyone’s responsibility. Learn How to Stay Safe Save Early for Disasters From savings to insurance, find out what you need to do to get prepared financially before a disaster. Financial Preparedness Info Thunderstorms & Lightni...

02/14/2020
Public Signup

We had a good turnout last night for the NWS and Platte County Flood Outlook. It looks like the ice jam potential is very low but because the rivers levels and soil moisture are high it won't take much rain this Spring to increase the potential for flooding. We recommend everyone signup for automatic National Weather Service warnings and alerts via our AlertSense system. This system will also allow us to send targeted alerts to specific areas as threats occur.

https://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionid=1204

Emergency response agencies in Columbus and Platte County are able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional....

02/13/2020

Public Spring Flooding Outlook Meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Columbus Middle School at 2200 26th Ave in Columbus. Please use east activities entrance and follow signs.

02/11/2020
Due to the large interest in 2020 Flood Outlook meeting scheduled for Thursday February 13th at 6:30. It will be moved t...
02/05/2020

Due to the large interest in 2020 Flood Outlook meeting scheduled for Thursday February 13th at 6:30. It will be moved to the Nantkes Performing Arts Theater at the Columbus Middle School at 2200 26th St. in Columbus. Please enter through the east activities entrance and follow signs.

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska
01/20/2020

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska

Concerned about the possibility of spring flooding?

Get the latest outlook from our Senior Service Hydrologist and Meteorologists at our public spring flood meetings.

01/08/2020

Many people have reported drones all over Nebraska the last few days. Many of them can be verified as airplanes. Before posting or reporting drone activity check for airplanes in the area utilizing one of the many airplane tracking apps such as FlightRadar. It does have a slight delay but will show a map of your location and any airplane travel in your area.

Military aircraft may not show up on the maps but be aware with the current military actions more activity may be occurring in some areas.

01/07/2020
Columbus Nebraska Police Department

Columbus Nebraska Police Department

We are aware of the possible mystery drone sightings around the Columbus area. We have notified the proper authorities and they are looking into it. At this time unless you have any specific or detailed information there is no need to call the Joint Communications Center to make a report. THANK YOU for your time!

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska
12/27/2019

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska

Here's a look at how things will go down in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa for the weekend. The answer varies greatly on where you are located or intending to travel to.

This will be some wild weather. Snow changing to rain, freezing rain changing to sleet, then to all rain! Maybe even a rumble of thunder? Heavy snow! Yikes. If you have travel plans, especially traveling north into the Dakotas and western Nebraska, consider changing them.

Then, to just to make things worse, there is a heavy rain threat. One to two inches (possibly more) of rain could fall in some places. We are concerned about the Missouri River flooding again as all this water moves downstream. This flood concern is below the Platte River. Other rivers could see substantial rises too, but may not reach flood stage. The silver lining here is these areas generally don't have much frozen ground, leaving the potential for a small amount of rain to soak in. Stay informed and stay weather aware.

12/17/2019
Platte County Sheriff's Department

Platte County Sheriff's Department

With the combining of the Platte County and City of Columbus dispatchers, the way our non emergency lines are answered have changed. When you call, the answering dispatcher will answer with "Columbus Platte County Communications". You're calling the right place! With that being said, we'd like to explain which numbers to call to get you to the correct place without several transfers.

402-563-4274 Platte County Detention Facility-- Questions on inmates, visitation, who's in custody, scheduling fingerprints, etc

402-564-9077 Platte County Sheriff's Office Administration--Questions on paper service, vehicle inspections, county firearms permits, etc.

402-564-3229 Platte County non emergency calls for service--all calls for service that are not considered an emergency. Example--"Help! I have a skunk under my deck!" Although it may seem an emergency to you, it probably doesn't warrant a 911 call and a lights and siren response.

911 -- All calls for immediate emergency response

11/26/2019

There are multiple reports of accidents along Hwy 30 and 81. The roads are extremely slick. Slow down and drive safe.

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska
11/26/2019

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska

Our snowfall expectations have crept up a smidge for most areas from Harlan to Omaha to Lincoln and areas north.

Expect whiteout conditions at times with heavy snow and gusty winds... especially in northeastern Nebraska.

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska
11/25/2019

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska

Travel conditions will become hazardous or impossible across the region Tuesday into Tuesday night. Rain and snow will build into the area from west to east on Tuesday, becoming heavy after noon. Periods of very heavy snow up to 2 inches per hour will be possible in the afternoon and early evening hours, especially across northeast Nebraska. While there remains some uncertainty in total snow amounts due to a very difficult prediction in where the rain/snow line will be, even areas receiving lighter snow amounts will likely experience hazardous travel due to melting and refreezing as colder air builds in on Tuesday night. Additionally, wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph are expected which may cause periods of whiteout conditions.

Snow Emergency in Effect Beginning November 26, 2019The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for P...
11/25/2019
Columbus, Nebraska - Official Website | Official Website

Snow Emergency in Effect Beginning November 26, 2019

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Platte County from 0600 a.m. Tuesday until 0900 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasted snowfall is expected to reach 6 to 9 inches with northeast winds 20-25 mph up to 40 mph wind gusts. For public safety and more efficient snow removal, the City of Columbus has declared a Snow Emergency effective Tuesday, November 26th beginning at 6 a.m. until further notice.
No parking is allowed at all on cul-de-sacs and emergency snow routes. On all residential streets, it is strongly encouraged that citizens park off of the street if possible. This allows for more efficient snow removal by City Crews.
The City also request No-Parking on thoroughfares and arterials, and the following streets and avenues.
48th Avenue 38th Street
33rd Avenue 27th Street
26th Avenue 23rd Street
23rd Avenue 19th Street
18th Avenue 15th Street
12th Avenue 8th Street
3rd Avenue 6th Street
Howard Boulevard 1st Street
In a Snow Emergency, citations will be issued to those who have their vehicles parked along the Emergency Snow Routes of 15th Street from 23rd Avenue to 10th Avenue, and 17th Street from 23rd Avenue to 10th Avenue.
Citizens are also reminded that as per Section 92.30 of the City Code, it is the responsibility of the owner and/or occupant of real estate to remove snow and/or ice from sidewalks within 24 hours after the cessation of precipitation.
The City urges no unnecessary travel on city streets as we anticipate dangerous road conditions.
We appreciate and thank you for your continued cooperation.
For more information about Snow Emergencies, see the City Web Site www.columbusne.us

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Can someone tell me where I can find Columbus disaster plan? I have looked and can not find it, I would assume it would be readily available to everyone. Thank you
Are there any mold cleanup supplies available like moos buckets vinegar Clorox
After all the flooding, is it safe for people and their pets to play in the rivers and lakes in the area ?
Columbus, NE... Big fundraiser at Ag Park today, April 27th!! Music, food, live and silent auctions, etc... 11am to midnight! Hope to see you!! Everyone is welcome!! #NebraskaStrong
Any updates on when hwy 30 to duncan will open?
Sure would be nice if highway 30 would get fixed and open double lane. All I see is sand filled holes for past few days. Some people still work Sundays. No highway workers out today, must be nice.
Survivors: This is a message on behalf of Nebraska Volunteers Active in Nebraska. You can get trained assistance with your flood clean-up, please contact NE 211 or Crisis Clean-Up at 833-556-2476 to sign up for assistance. The Crisis Clean-Up Hotline will connect you with local and national disaster relief groups like Team Rubicon USA (a veterans group with trained volunteers) and many church relief agencies. All volunteer groups are vetted by the Crisis Clean-Up Hotline to ensure that they are reputable and that you are protected. For more information about the Crisis Clean-Up Hotline and how it works visit their website at https://crisiscleanup-demo.herokuapp.com/survivor.
Is hwy 30 open yet?
ESU 7 and Columbus Public Schools are accepting donations at the 43rd Street Warehouse next to West Park Elementary. Volunteers are available to accept donations M-F 7am-7pm. Items needed include water, cleaning supplies and prepackaged snack food items (granola bars, fruit snacks, etc.)
Can we travel on hwy 30 from duncan to silver creek?
I understand you’re still busy. But I was wondering if you had a plan for people that want to help clean up. Maybe I missed something?
Is it true that Highway 30 is open if you have ID showing you live in Duncan or Silver Creek? Was told by a friend he was let through.