Rooks County Emergency Management

Butch Post, Coordinator

Important Numbers

Emergency Mgmt. Office………………..785-425-6818CivicReadyButton-298x100
Fax……………………………………………785-425-6853
E-mail ………………….rcem@rookscountysheriff.com
Rooks County Sheriff’s Office………….785-425-6312
Plainville Police…………………………..785-434-2222
Stockton Police…………………………..785-425-6220
Rooks County Health Center…………..785-434-4553
Poison Control……………………………1-800-332-6633
Kansas Crisis Hotline……………………1-888-363-2287tornado
Kansas Road Conditions*………………Call 511
Emergencies………………………………911
*click to go to KDOT website map of road conditions

Related Links

Rooks County Information

Rooks County Sheriff…………………… 785-425-6312
Rooks County Clerk…………………….. 785-425-6391
Rooks County Attorney………………… 785-425-6371
Health Nurse…………………………….. 785-425-7352

History of Emergency Management

The Rooks County Emergency Management Agency has its roots in the Civil Defense programs developed in the United States during the 1950’s to provide for citizen safety during nuclear attack.  Through many changes in administration, consolidations, revisions, and legislative actions, the program now places major emphasis upon citizen safety during natural disasters and chemical emergencies.

For many years, Neil Fischer, Plainville, served as the Civil Defense Director.  Sheriff Frank Skovold thenfloodhouses served as coordinator for emergency preparedness during his tenure as Rooks County Sheriff during the 1980’s.  In 1989, the Rooks County Board of Commissioners established the Rooks County Emergency Preparedness Office and hired Mr. Mike Werth as full-time coordinator, with office space on the third floor of the courthouse.  In 1993, Werth accepted a similar position in Ellis County, and Mr. Denzil McNeal assumed the duties of emergency preparedness coordinator.  Later that year, the agency was renamed the Rooks County Emergency Management Agency.

In 1996, the office was relocated to the first floor of the courthouse to the area formerly occupied by the Public Health Nurse and continues to operate from that office area today.  The office continues to develop and maintain emergency planning for Rooks County and each of the cities therein, providing disaster information services to county residents and serving as the coordinating agency between local, state and federal government resources and assistance.

In July, 2001, the Agency was merged with the Rooks County Sheriff’s Department, but returned to a part-time coordinator position in July, 2004 with Denzil McNeal filling the position. On July 1, 2009, Butch Post assumed the position of a full-time coordinator.

In December, 2016, the office was moved to the new law enforcement center located at 803 S. Elm, Stockton.