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Emergency Management

Scott A Meints - Director
  • Mailing Address:
    124 S 1st Street
    ABERDEEN SD 57401
  • Phone: (605) 626-7122
  • Fax: (605) 626-2933

Brown County Mitigation plan link

Comments can be emailed to: emergencymanagement@browncounty.sd.gov or lesleann@necog.org


Information on Controlled Burning in Brown County:

Please use extreme caution if doing anytype of controlled burns.  Please check the weather for mulitple days and make sure you have a fire break.

"The mission of the Brown County Emergency Management department is to identify probable emergency situations that face the citizens of Brown County, develop the plans necessary to address these emergencies, identify and locate the resources necessary to carry out the plans, provide assistance and training to the responding agencies, and coordinate the multi-agency response to large disaster."

Brown County is located on the North Dakota border in the eastern part of the state. We have a population of 35,580 people or about 20.8 people per square mile. Our major city and county seat is Aberdeen. Our Emergency Operation Center is located in the courthouse. Aberdeen has a paid police force and paid fire department with a hazardous materials team. Brown County has an ambulance service run by the Aberdeen fire department. In addition, we have 10 volunteer fire/rescue departments throughout the county, a county-wide dispatch center, a sheriff's office with approximately 18 deputies, and one other community with a paid police department of 3 people.

Brown County is susceptible to numerous forms of natural and technological hazards ranked in the following order.

  1. Fires
    a. Structural
    b. Grassland
    c. Grassland/urban interface.

  2. Weather Related
    a. Winter Storm
    b. Summer Storms and High Winds
    c. Flash Flood
    d. Inundation Flooding
    e. Drought
  3. Hazardous Materials Incident
  4. Aviation Situation-i.e. Commercial flight patterns
  5. Civil Defense/Terrorism/WMD
  6. Mass Casualty Incident
  7. Utility Mishap
  8. Dam Failure
  9. Nuclear Incident
  10. Earthquake

Emergency/disasters resulting from hazards might cause disruption in the following area:

  1. Utilities

  2. Transportation Systems
  3. Communications
  4. Food and Delivery of Necessities.
  5. Damage or destruction of homes and shelter needed to maintain daily life.