LvCo Emergency Mgmt

The mission of Leavenworth County Emergency Management is to ensure that local capabilities exist for effective mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for all types of major emergencies or disasters natural, technological, and national security that might ever threaten Leavenworth County.

Director: Chuck Magaha, LvCo #1460
Deputy: Zach Phillips, Deputy Sheriff #445


LvCo Sheriff’s Office – Where Emergency Management is on the Org Chart
GovServ Page
Facebook Page
Current Area Weather Story (National Weather Service)
Kansas Homeland Security Region L: Hazard Mitigation Plan (2019)
Kansas Department of Emergency Management (KDEM)

Weather Spotting

To join the Weather Spotter team for Leavenworth County, follow these steps:

  • Fill out the online volunteer application found on the Emergency Management web site
  • Download and study the Weather Spotter’s Field Guide.
  • Attend National Weather Service briefings when scheduled by the Office of Emergency Management.
  • Attend supplemental spotter reporting training when offered by the Office of Emergency Management.
  • Stay informed by regularly checking the Situation Reports from National Weather Service – Pleasant Hill
  • Listen to 155.82 MHz, the County Emergency Management VHF echo frequency for situational awareness
  • When listening during a weather callout, make note of the rhythm of operations and how the reporting is done
  • When severe weather is in the area, be ready to report on 147.00 repeater.
  • Coordinate with a credentialed spotter so you can ride along during callouts.

If you’re wondering why you’re not hearing from the Office of Emergency Management, it’s nothing personal. They are busy and the opportunities to intake new volunteers is very limited. The key is to be at training and to participate in other opportunities to become a “known quantity”, such as volunteering for the Emergency Management display at the Leavenworth County Fair. Credentialing is done only during limited times. Vacancies for Weather Spotter locations are filled as needed.

FYI – Most weather spotter reporting is done on the county 800 MHz trunked system. Radios are issued by the Office of Emergency Management to credentialed (vetted) volunteers and staff.