May 22, 2018

Open House & Chamber Mixer

The Fall River County Emergency Management, Fall River County Weed & Pest, SDSU Fall River County Extension/4H, and the South Dakota Department of Health Child & Family Services Offices will how an open house on Tuesday, February 13th form 4 – 6pm.  This will be a chance for the public to check out Fall River County’s new ‘South Annex’ Building (formerly the ambulance building) and learn more about the many community-serving agencies here for YOU!  This open house will be held in conjunction will the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer.  [see flyer]


Tuesday, Feb 13, 4-6pm

709 Jensen Hwy

Legion Lake Fire – Update 12/14/2017

Update – 12/14/2017 The Custer County Sheriff’s Office announced that all evacuations and pre-evacuations in Custer County were lifted as of noon today.



The Legion Lake Fire has NOT spread into Fall River County.  There are currently no evacuation or pre-evacuation notices for anywhere in Fall River County.  We will update this website with evacuation information IF this should change.


What is a pre-evacuation notice?  Technically we should all be ready to evacuate at anytime; our emergency supply kit should be packed, our list of items to put in the car should be handy, we should already know the routes to safely exit our area, and our friends and family should already know the plan.  In reality most of us are not that prepared.  A pre-evacuation notice is a reminder to BE prepared, also a reminder to be paying attention to local news and conditions.   Below is a list of things that should be in your emergency supply kit:

Christmas Tree Safety


As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

  • Choose trees with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched
  • Before playing the tree in the stand cut 2″ from the base of the trunk
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feed away from any heat source (fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights)
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
  • Be sure to add water daily to the tree stand

For More Christmas Tree Safety click here.

Winter Weather Preparedness

As the winter season approaches, the National Weather Service encourages people to prepare for extreme winter conditions by taking the following steps:

– Check your vehicle’s battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer, ignition, thermostat, and tires.

– Even if you do not make long trips, put a winter survival kit in each vehicle–you may need it if your car breaks down or you have an accident.  It should contain a windshield scraper, jumper cables, tool kit, tow chain or rope, tire chains, bag of sand or cat litter, shovel, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, warm boots, coat, hat, gloves, and a blanket.  For longer trips; add extra clothes, sleeping bags, a portable radio, high-calorie nonperishable food, matches and candles, and large coffee cans for sanitary purposes or burning candles.

– Keep an adequate supply of fuel for your home or get an alternative heating source.  Learn how to operate stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters safely and have proper ventilation to use them.

– Add insulation to your home; caulk and weather-strip doors and window sills; install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.

– Stock emergency supplies at home; such as flashlights, candles, matches, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, and a first-aid kit.

– Monitor Internet web sites, NOAA Weather Radio, or local radio or television stations for forecasts and information about impending storms.


Know the terms used to describe hazardous winter weather and what actions to take for each situation.

A WINTER STORM WATCH means a dangerous winter storm is possible.  WATCHES are issued to give people time to prepare for hazardous conditions before they develop.  When a WATCH is in effect:

– Postpone trips or take a different route.  Put a survival kit in your vehicle.  Tell someone your schedule and route; call them when you arrive at your destination.  If possible, travel in daylight and use major highways.  Keep your fuel tank as full as possible to avoid ice in the tank and lines.

– At home; have high energy food or food that requires no cooking, one gallon of water per day for each person, and enough fuel for the duration of the storm.  Don’t forget special items for your family such as prescription medicine, baby formula and diapers, and pet food!

– Consider having elderly, ill, or oxygen-dependent family, friends, and neighbors who live in rural areas stay someplace where heat and electric power are available.


WINTER STORM AND BLIZZARD WARNINGS mean a dangerous storm will occur.

– Do not travel.  You are safer to stay where you are rather than risk getting stranded in a ditch.

– If you have no heat, close off unneeded rooms and wear extra clothes.

– Do not operate power generators indoors.


WIND CHILL WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES stress the increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia during cold and windy conditions.

– Stay inside as much as possible.  If you go outdoors; wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and water-repellent outer garments. Cover all parts of your body; especially your head, face, and hands.

– When working outdoors, do not overexert yourself.  Remove damp clothing as soon as possible to avoid becoming chilled.


Additional information on preparing for winter weather is available from your county emergency management office, American Red Cross, or National Weather Service at


Fire – Landowner Assistance

Landowners affected by the Indian Canyon Fire should seek assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at 605-745-5716 ext #2.  Acreage losses for individual landowners have been calculated and the FSA can assist in filing claims.  Below is a list of potential eligible programs available to producers affected by fire:

NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program) – A notice of loss needs to be filed within 15 days for grazing and hay. The grazing loss will likely be determined in October/November, after the end of the 2016 grazing period. A loss adjuster will need to inspect the hay acres.

ELAP (Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program) – An application for assistance could be completed for the following within 30 days:

  • Bales or feed lost, including purchased or produced feed
  • If you lost grazing days due to the fire, we will need your total number of livestock as of the day of the fire. At the time of application for payment, we will need further documentation including grazing days lost per pasture and head grazed per pasture.
  • Livestock death losses (may be eligible through the LIP program)

LFP (Livestock Forage Disaster Program) –Loss of grazing days on federal land. Application deadline is January 30, 2017.

  • We will need documentation from the forest service showing the loss of grazing.

ECP (Emergency Conservation Program) – Sign up period to be tentatively set at Thursday’s County Committee meeting.


      • $1,000.00 minimum cost before cost share can be earned, including material, labor, and equipment
      • The fence damaged by the fire, will need to be replaced with all new supplies
      • Boundary and cross fences are eligible, including federal and state properties
      • Cost share is not allowed if you plan on stretching up fence or repairing with used material
      • The cost share rate is 75%, not to exceed $1.28/foot
      • The fence must be built to NRCS specifications. We have copies of this available.

Debris removal

  • When you tear out fence, please keep track of hours of personal or hired labor and type of equipment and equipment hours (to pull out, roll up, and haul away)

Conservation Structures

  • Fire damaged water tanks, wells, solar panels, etc.

Site inspection will need to be completed prior to starting the ECP projects and after completion.