Wednesday April 21, 2021
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Emergency Management



The Davison County Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment through direction and coordination of state and local government; through the Preparation, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery from damages sustained by emergency or disaster events.

Emergency Management


Jeff Bathke


Phone: (605) 995-8640 or (605) 995-8615

Mailing Address:

Davison County Courthouse




Administrator: Jeff Bathke

Office: (605) 995-8640 or

(605) 995-8615

Office Location: Davison County Courthouse, 1st Floor


Deputy Administrator: Mark Jenniges

Office: (605) 995-8640 or

(605) 995-8615

Office Location: Davison County Courthouse, 1st Floor

Cell: (605) 630-6848


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Jeff Bathke has served as the Davison County Emergency Management Director since October, 2013. Jeff is a graduate of Plankinton High School and the University of South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Administration, with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Jeff’s past experience includes 17 years working in counseling programs, Department of Corrections facilities, and Private Research. Jeff is also a licensed counselor in the state of South Dakota.

Current & Upcoming Events:​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • April 2, 2021                         Mitchell Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • April 3, 2021                         Mt. Vernon & Ethan Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • April 11, 2021                       Search & Rescue Meeting
  • April 14, 2021                       LEPC Meeting @ 10:30 A.M.
  • April 19-23, 2021                  Severe Weather Awareness Week
  • May 2, 2021                          Search & Rescue Meeting
  • May 7, 2021                          Mitchell Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • May 8, 2021                          Mt. Vernon & Ethan Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • May 12, 2021                        LEPC Meeting @ 10:30 A.M.
  • May 12, 2021                        Pre-Disaster Mitigation Meeting @ 11:00 A.M. via zoom-

The Davison County Office of Emergency Management involves principles and concepts, such as organization and planning applied to emergency and disaster situations. These include the four phases of Emergency Management:

  • Mitigation-The reduction or lessening of the effects of emergencies and disasters.
  • Preparedness-Getting ready for those events that may and will happen.
  • Response-Effectively responding to those events as a jurisdiction.
  • Recovery-Repairing and replacing damages to pre-incident conditions.

Learn more about Coronavirus, click Here

Flood Damage to residence or business? Click Here

Disaster Process for County, City, and Townships Officials, click Here

2019 Flood Damage  Presentation @ EM Presentation-12-5-19

You can also monitor the flood gages in the area. For three miles south of Mitchell, click here.
For fifteen miles north of Mitchell, click here.

Area Road Closures:

  • 411th Avenue between 258th and 259th Street
  • 401st Avenue between 259th and 260th Street
  • 397th Avenue between 258th and 259th Street
  • 267th Street between 410th and 411th Avenue

Get up to date weather information @

BURN BAN INFORMATION: There is currently no burn ban in Davison County.

SEVERE WEATHER: The 2020 Severe Weather Spotter Training has been canceled. If you would like to learn more about severe weather spotting, check out these links:
Spotter Reference Sheet
Weather Spotters Field Guide

Outdoor Warning Siren information for Mitchell, Ethan, and Mt. Vernon can be found here.

The Davison County Office of Emergency Management works closely with the 911 Dispatch. Outdoor Warning Sirens will sound ONLY for the following Severe Weather: 1. Tornado Warnings issued by the National Weather Service. 2. Cloud rotation observed by a trained weather spotter. 3. An actual tornado observed by a trained weather spotter. NOTE: Outdoor Warning Sirens are NOT intended to be heard indoors. Sirens are NOT activated for Severe Thunderstorms.

Severe Weather Awareness Week was April 20-24th in 2020, with a test tornado drill held on the 22nd @ 10:00 AM. The Office of Emergency Management has distributed Winter Storm, Tornado Alert, Rising Water, and Fire Prevention books, narrated by Tommy the Turtle to all 2nd grade classrooms in the county. All books can be found here.

Emergency Management Links & Documents, click here.

Yearly Reports:

Major Programs:

Davison County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), click here

James Valley Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team click here.

Davison County Search & Rescue Team (located @ the Highway Shop), click here.


Contact Us

emailDavison County
200 East Fourth Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301

Telephone: (605) 995-8615 or (605) 995-8640
Jeff Bathke                                            Mark Jenniges
Cell:                                                     (605) 630-6848

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