Welcome to the Office of Emergency Management.
With an interest in creating a more resilient South Dakota, we kindly request your continued cooperation as the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (SDOEM) and State Hazard Mitigation Team update the South Dakota Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
With this plan in place, since 2005, the state of South Dakota has spent close to $40 million on strengthening infrastructure and reducing risk of damage from natural hazard events, such as floods, winter storms, and wildfires. Input from state agencies, local communities, private organizations, and the public help ensure the plan addresses the variety of risks throughout South Dakota.
Please help us continue to prioritize projects that increase resiliency by responding to this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014SDSHMP.
From left, Krisi Turman (director of the Office of
Emergency Management), Jonathan Nesladek, Tina Titze,
Rone Mielke, and Lt. Col. Orson Ward
Emergency Management Assistant Director Receives Patriot Award
Tina Titze, Assistant Director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM), recently received the Service Member Patriot Award from the United States Department of Defense.
Titze earned the honor for her support as a citizen employer of South Dakota Army National Guardsman member Jonathan Nesladek, an OEM employee.
The Patriot Award is given to citizen employers who offer their employee soldiers flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployments, leaves of absence if needed and consideration of needs of family members.
"I am honored to accept the Patriot Award on behalf of all of the employees in OEM," Titze said. "When Jonathan is called away, his duties are covered by others in the office, so the award truly belongs to all of them. Coming from a military family and having a brother as a full-time member of the National Guard, I understand the sacrifices they make to allow the rest of us to enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. I am proud of Jonathan and proud to support him in this way."
Nesladek said he is honored to be part of an agency that "makes it so smooth to transition from one uniform to another. Not only does OEM support me as one soldier, but because of it, the whole organization is supported."
The ceremony was held at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre on Thursday, February 7. Lt. Col. Orson Ward of the South Dakota National Guard presented the award. Ron Mielke, chair of the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, also attended.
Our purpose is to protect South Dakotans and their property from the effects of natural, man made, and technological disasters. To fulfill our charge, we recognize the four phases of emergency management: