A lightning strike sparks a rangeland fire in a remote area of the Sandhills. At the same time, the National Weather Service issues a tornado watch for another part of the region.
Under this scenario, multiple responders would be immediately engaged. Local volunteer fire departments called on to respond. Monitoring changing weather conditions, emergency management officials determine if and when warning sirens should be activated to alert residents to take shelter.
In this hypothetical scenario, if these events should occur in Blaine, Garfield, Greeley, Loup, Sherman, Thomas, Valley or Wheeler Counties, it’s likely all communications and alerts would originate from the Region 26 Council headquarters in Taylor, located in Loup County.