Photo Credit: Sarnia Talich

Mission Statement

We will provide public safety communications to individuals, organizations, and government agencies to save lives, prevent injuries, and give assistance wherever and whenever needed. We will strive to establish a monitoring network of trained volunteer citizen-based communicators using any and all available means to deliver the message.

National Weather Service "STORM READY"
Awarded to Lake County for 2002-2005
Recertified for 2006 - 2008
Recertified for 2009-2011

REACT Radio Frequency 453.225

  • Number Retired - Unit 1

  • Don Maag - Unit 2

  • Jim Enga - Unit 3

  • Doug Merager - Unit 4

  • Number Retired - Unit 5

  • Cotton Koch - Unit 6

  • Number Retired - Unit 7

  • Gary Callies - Unit 8

  • Larry Johnson - Unit 9

  • Jayson Limmer - Unit 10

  • Joel Brick - Unit 11

  • Alden Henrichs - Unit 12

  • Chad Patch - Unit 13

  • Deb Stamm - Unit 14

  • Donna Patterson - Unit 15

  • Scott Johnson - Unit 16

  • Craig Falor - Unit 17

  • Veryln Vostad - Unit 18

  • Bob Johnson - Unit 19

  • Dale Sorenson - Unit 20

  • Shawn Martin - Unit 21

  • Number Retired - Unit 25

  • Vacant - EM-1

Lake County Storm Shelter locations (Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week)

  • 116 West Center Street, Madison SD, Enter at Police Station entrance

Severe Weather Awareness Links

REACT REFERENCE LINKS and INFORMATION

NOAA All Hazard Weather Radios

A “NOAA All hazard weather radio” is a useful tool that can help alert families and businesses of coming severe weather as well as provide several additional emergency messages. Since sirens are useful and designed for outdoors, alert weather radios take up the void when a home or business is not within hearing distance of a siren. Weather radios can be placed in a residence or business to provide up to date weather information as well as early notification of a hazard for the user’s specific location. Most weather radios can be programmed to utilize SAME or FIP codes for their specific counties. Utilizing these codes allows only emergency messages designed for your specific or surrounding areas. For additional information checkout the links provided by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) codes for Lake County and Surrounding Counties

  • Lake County – 046079
  • McCook County – 046087
  • Miner County – 046097
  • Kingsbury County – 046077
  • Brookings County – 046011
  • Moody County – 046101
  • Minnehaha County – 046099

National Weather Service warning tower frequencies

  • 162.400 MHz (Sioux Falls)
  • 162.425 MHz
  • 162.450 MHz (Mitchell)
  • 162.475 MHz
  • 162.500 MHz
  • 162.525 MHz (Brookings)
  • 162.550 MHz (Huron)

A Tribute to our fallen Comrade - PERRY RICHMAN
(Perry Richman was REACT Member No. 5)
Written by Dale Waba

"43-2...THIS IS REACT 5, DO YOU COPY?"

The Tower Clouds were building; the oncoming storm was in sight;
The Weather Bureau had just made it official we could be in for a long, rough night.

"43-2....This is REACT 5" - A voice out of nowhere echoed loud and clear;
"Our guys are out there doing their job and they know that I will be near.
I'll be on the side, monitoring their every move during this night of anguish and fear.
Until things are back to normal and once again appear to be safe and secure."

The raging storm moved quickly, bringing with it rain, lightening, and hail.
The sky lit up like the 4th of July and wind blew like a gale.
"Hang in there guys - the storm is about over," a voice out of nowhere seemed to cry.
Everyone felt a little more at east just feeling that "REACT 5" was standing by.

The wind finally receded and there was a clearing to the WEST.
The guys were ready to call it a night, go home, and get some well-deserved rest.
"43-2 - This is REACT 5" - His voice once again broke the silence of the night.
"Things are looking better now, there's not a threatening cloud in sight."

"With the tower clouds disappearing and the further fear of storms so slight,
This is REACT 5 signing off and on the side, may we have a peaceful night."

Contact Information

Gary Callies
President
Madison, SD 57042

Bob Johnson
Vice-President
711 NE 3rd Street
Madison, SD 57042

Joel Brick
Treasurer
524 North Kansas
Madison, SD 57042

Photo Credit: Sarina Talich

Announcements

County Offices Closed
Monday, May 18, 2020

County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020, in observance of Memorial Day.

Primary Election Notices
Friday, May 15, 2020

Click here to view the Notice of Primary Election, Notice of Testing Automatic Tabulating Equipment, and Instructions to the Voters.

Sample Ballots
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sample ballots are available for the June 2nd Municipal Election, School Board Election, and Primary Election.
Municipal Election and School Board Election Sample Ballots
Primary Election Sample Ballots

County Response to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - Updated 5/5/2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Commission has updated its plan for continuity of county operations in response to the COVID-19. Please review the release for specific details: 5-5-2020 Release.

May - License Plate Renewal H/I/O
Friday, May 1, 2020

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with H or I or O.

Absentee Ballot Application (Photo ID)
Monday, April 27, 2020

State law requires completed absentee ballot applications to be notarized or include a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID card. Voters may take a photo of their ID (driver's license or non-driver ID card, tribal photo ID, passport, or other picture lD issued by the US government, or a current student photo lD issued by a SD high school or postsecondary education institution) and email it to the Auditor at: lakeauditor@lake.sd.gov

Auditor's Press Release - 4/27/2020
Monday, April 27, 2020

Auditor Roberta "Bobbi" Janke has issued a press release related to the Primary Election. To view the press release, please click here.

Resolution 2020-06 Designating Polling Places and Secretary of State Press Release Dated 4/10/2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

On 4/14/2020, the Lake County Commission passed Resolution 2020-06 Designating Polling Places for the June 2, 2020 Primary Election. The Secretary of State also issued a press release on 4/10/2020 advising his office will mail absentee ballots to all South Dakotans registered in the statewide voter registration file. Click here to view both the resolution and the press release.

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