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Presidential Disaster Declaration Approval

Public infrastructure damage assistance will be provided to the counties of:  Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Clay, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hanson, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, and Turner, as well as the Flandreau Indian and Lake Traverse Reservations.

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Letter requesting disaster delcaration


FEMA Notice of Intent to Reimburse

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by Severe Storm, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding during the incident period of May 12, 2022. This notice applies to Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs (HMGP) implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121-5207.  Continue reading notice...

DR-4656 South Dakota Green Sheet


Marne Creek (Yankton, SD) Environmental Assessment Announcement

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing notice that an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate a proposed bank stabilization and trail restoration project at various locations along Marne Creek in Yankton, South Dakota is available for public review and comment.  Read the entire notice.

The comment period for the draft EA will remain open for fifteen days following publication of this notice.

Link to the Draft Environmental Assessment



The weather in South Dakota certainly keeps us on our toes.  Severe weather and related disasters (like flooding and wildfires) can strike quickly and without warning.  Preparation is key to minimizing your risk and recovering quickly.  For severe weather preparedness tips, take a look at our severe weather preparedness guide.


The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourages the development of comprehensive preparedness and disaster management plans, programs, capabilities and organizations by the state and its local governments. Because disasters often disrupt the normal functioning of governments, communities and families, OEM provides the organization necessary to expedite aid, rehabilitation and the rapid acquisition and delivery of resources.


Our purpose is to protect South Dakotans and their property from the effects of natural, manmade, and technological disasters.  To fulfill our charge, we recognize the four phases of emergency management:  Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation.  


The Office of Emergency Management strives to create a rapid, effective, and compassionate emergency management system that wholly prepares our citizens, our communities, and our state to be self-reliant when facing emergencies and disasters and rely less on government.



OEM focuses on four key pillars to plan for emergencies, coordinate response, aid in disaster recovery and, through mitigation, reduce or eliminate loss if the same event should happen again.

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