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Emergency Management

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Union County Office of Emergency Management

Jeff Christie, Emergency Manager

31312 473rd Avenue  Elk Point, SD 57025


EMAIL:  [email protected]


Facebook:  Union County SD Emergency Management



MARCH 27, 2020


In order to address the continually changing COVID19 pandemic, the Union County Commission met on Friday March 27, 2020 at 1:00PM.

We would like to reiterate that the Union County Courthouse and all Union County facilities remain closed to walk-in business. Please contact the specific department that you are seeking service from by telephone PRIOR to your arrival at the courthouse or county facility. The staff from that office will determine the best possible way for you to receive the services that you require. If an in person appointment is needed, the staff will conduct pre-screening with you over the telephone. Additional screening may take place at each county facility if an appointment is absolutely needed.

At the direction of the Union County Commission, county department heads have implemented minimized and rotational staffing plans for their respective departments to reduce social contact in accordance advice issued by the CDC and South Dakota Department of Health.

Union County also asks that all individuals and businesses within Union County familiarize themselves with the published precautions from the South Dakota Department of Health and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the transmission of the COVID19 virus.

Please refer to the full text of the Union County Resolution below the listed web links.





Union County Commissioner Resolution




WHEREAS, the Union County Commission has the authority to pass Resolutions, per

SDCL§7-8-20 (10), to do and perform such other duties and acts as it is or may hereafter be required to do and perform which at this time in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, such actions are necessary; and

WHEREAS, an outbreak of the disease COVID-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus, has been confirmed in more than 100 countries, including the United States; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a severe respiratory disease transmitted by person-to-person contact, or by contact with surfaces contaminated by the virus. In some cases, especially among older adults and persons with serious underlying health conditions, COVID-19 can result in serious illness requiring hospitalization, admission to an intensive care unit, and death; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on the same day, Governor Kristi Noem, issued Executive Order 2020-04 which declared a state of emergency to exist in the State of South Dakota in response to the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the CDC and health experts have recommended social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, social distancing is a method of slowing down or stopping the spread of a contagious disease by reducing the probability of contact between infected persons and those not infected in order to minimize disease transmission; and

WHEREAS, in response to the need to implement social distancing all schools in the state have been closed for at least two weeks; and

WHEREAS, on March 16th, 2020, the White House issued guidance recommending that social gatherings of more than ten people be avoided and that people avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts; and

WHEREAS, the guidance issued by the White House further recommended that in states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where people congregate should be closed; and

WHEREAS, many states and communities across the country have already implemented the White House recommendations by ordering all bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where people congregate be closed until the public health emergency is over;

WHEREAS, the failure to successfully implement social distancing will likely result in higher numbers of infected individuals and has the potential to overwhelm the capacity of the County’s health care providers; and

WHEREAS, it is important that control measures be taken to reduce or slow down the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect the health and safety of the County’s residents, especially for seniors and those with underlying health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

WHEREAS, this resolution is meant to protect the continuation of the county government through this pandemic, and provide for the safety and wellbeing of the courthouse employees who regularly come into contact with the public in the performance of their regular duties;

 NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Union County Commission that:

  1. Effective immediately, all person(s) who seek to enter the Union County Courthouse are subject to a screening and questioning process to determine if there is an obvious health or safety concern to the continuation of county government. Any person deemed to be an obvious health or safety concern will be asked to exit and shall exit the courthouse immediately.
  2. Effective immediately, all Union County Facilities are closed to the general public except for any person having business with the court system and/or the clerk of courts pursuant to the order(s) of Unified Judicial System.


  1. Effective immediately, Union County will conduct business by mail, email, online, by phone or by arranging to work face-to-face/in person on a case-by-case basis.


  1. Effective immediately, Union County Offices shall minimize staffing in each office and encourage those that do not need to work to stay home. Employees will be paid at their regular average rate and hours and are asked to work from home if able.  Offices will still have one employee in each office to answer phones and handle daily business.  Rotating schedules will be set at the discretion of the department head.  This section of the resolution does not apply to the County Highway Department and Sheriff’s Office.


  1. Effective immediately, in cases when a member(s) of the public displays symptoms of COVID-19, as specified by the South Dakota Department of Health, the County offices are directed to refuse face-to-face/in person service and encourage the individual(s) to seek medical attention as specified by public health authorities.


  1. Effective immediately, Union County businesses should take precautions as advised by the federal and state government to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


  1. This Resolution shall remain in effect until April 21, at which time the Commissioners will review and may extend the Resolution.


  1. Any member of the public who is in violation section #1, #2, and/or #3 of this Resolution is subject to the general penalty provision in SDCL 7-18A-32. Each day a violation of this Resolution is allowed to occur is considered a separate


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety, and welfare of Union County and shall become effective immediately upon passage.

Dated this 27th day of March, 2020.




With the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please keep in mind that accurate information concerning this situation is of upmost importance. Please do not react in fear of continuing media stories. Please double check information that you have heard second-hand whether it is received from traditional media, social media, or word of mouth. In order to ensure that all of us have the most accurate information available, the South Dakota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) continue to be the best source for any information concerning the spread of COVID-19.

The following links to COVID-19 information should be your first and only source for accurate information.

Individuals and community organizations may find more information from the SD DOH at their website:  https://doh.sd.gov/news/coronavirus.aspx .

You can also dial the 211 phone line which is now operational for COVID-19.

Below are links to information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) describing how individuals can keep themselves and their families safe, how communities can clean and disinfect non-healthcare settings (businesses, schools, daycare, office settings, etc.)




Additional information may be accessed at the Center for Diseases Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html



Click here to view the Union County Highway System map
State of South Dakota Highway Road Conditions
South Dakota Office of Emergency Management
Sioux Falls National Weather Service

 Preliminary Damage Assessments

The following are for conducting Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA).

The link below is a 20 minute video explaining preliminary damage assessments (PDA) for towns & cities, townships, fire departments, certain non-profits, and other political subdivisions. Officials of these types of organizations in Union County are responsible to complete the PDA for their jurisdiction.


Click the following links for Preliminary Damage Assessment forms:

 Roads and Culverts Damage Assessment (1)

Damage Assessment Worksheet – EXAMPLE ONLY

Damage Assessment Worksheet – blank (2)

Map Site – example

PDA tips (2)

Debris to CY’s Conversion Guide (TREES)

Flood Related Links:

Union County Highway Department (Road closure updates)

NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

For Ag-Producers with flood related losses please use the link below:


FEMA Floodplain Maps
Local Flood Planning Contacts
Official Site of NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) – FloodSmart.gov
South Dakota Flood Disaster Recovery website

Local Emergency Planning Committee information (LEPC):

 Click below for information on LEPC –
Local Emergency Planning Committee

Preparedness Links:

Emergency Preparedness for Kids
Severe Weather Preparedness Guide
Winter Preparedness Guide
Utility Emergency Contacts
MidAmerican Energy: (888) 427-5632