Shawnee County Emergency Management

Mitigation Preparedness Response Recovery.



To provide a 24-hour operation to reduce the loss of life and property and to protect the environment. The highest priority is to protect Shawnee County residents from all hazards by providing and coordinating resources, expertise, leadership and advocacy through a comprehensive, risk-based emergency preparedness program of mitigation, management, response and recovery.

Department Staff

You can reach the Emergency Management Office at 785.251.4150 (voice) or 785.291.4904 (fax).

Emergency Management Staff

Director and County Exercise Coordinator
Dusty Nichols
Office: 785.251.4152 or 4152
Mobile: 785.640.4672

Communications Officer and Ambulance Compliance Officer
Nelson Casteel

Emergency Planner and Citizens Corps Coordinator
Scott Garcia

Operations Assistant and Logistics Officer
James Scott Steele

Hazmat Planner, Tier II officer and LEPC Coordinator
Kevin Flory


2016 is the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 Tornado: It has happened here!
Be educated, be prepared and ready!

Mark your calendars. There is only one talk in Shawnee County this year.

Shawnee County Spotter Talk

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: Washburn University Student Union, Topeka, KS, USA

For more information go to the National Weather Service Page at

50th Anniversary of 1966 tornado

Photo by Perry Riddle