Emergency Management


To lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of Sheridan County through leadership, coordination and support.

Predict, Prepare and Practice

An emergency response plan needs to be developed prior to any anticipated emergency. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it’s important to plan in advance – here are some important questions to consider when developing your plan:

  • How will you get to a safe place?
  • How will you contact one another?
  • How will you get back together?
  • What will you do in different situations?

You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time, such as work, school, faith organizations, sports events and even during the daily commute. If a plan doesn’t exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Take the time to talk with your community leaders, colleagues, neighbors and members of faith/civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. By thinking ahead and communicating with others in advance, you will be better prepared to safely reunite with your family and loved ones during an emergency.

2018 Sheridan County Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan

The County’s Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan initially published in 2009, has been updated. The Sheridan County Commissioners approved the 2018 update, June 19, 2018.  As funding resources and private land owner engagement, allow, fire mitigation/fuel reduction activities as outlined in the plan, will continue to be implemented in Sheridan County.

Click to open The 2018  Sheridan County Wildland Fire Mitigation Plan

Links to Current Wildfire Incidents:

Click here for information from the Casper Interagency Dispatch Center (Google Earth map link available via incident map link)

InciWeb tracks all wildfire news in real time, click here for information on current fires in Wyoming.

Link to Stream Gauges and surface weather:

This link covers stream gauges in Wyoming and portions of adjoining states.  Selecting the map image for Sheridan County will enlarge areas covered by stream gauges in the county. If you click on the diamond symbol, a chart will appear showing that location’s status.

NOAA/NWS stream gauge

Placing your cursor on any symbol on the surface weather map will indicate wind direction, speed, temperature, dew point, and humidity.

Mesowest surface weather map

Spring Run-Off/Flooding


Seasonally available at:

  • Fire Hall, Story
  • Fire Hall, Big Horn
  • County shop (south of Girl’s School) Monday – Thursday, gate closes at 4:30 PM; closed Friday – Sunday.
  • County fairgrounds-west side near fence line; unfilled bags available during business hours.
  • Behind the Ranchester Town Hall
  • Dayton Town Shop
  • If bag/sand supply starts to run low, please contact combined dispatch (307-672-2413); do not wait until everything is gone to call.  Lead time is needed to replenish sandbags and sand.

Self-fill tips:

  • Have at least 1 person with you to help fill
  • Plan on using your own gear, bring a shovel; irrigation (chisel point) shovel works best for filling sandbags
  • Avoid injury – lift with your legs, not your back
  • Wear gloves; avoid contact with eyes and mouth. Sandbags are treated to resist deterioration.

“Heads-up” – things to remain aware of:

  • Fill more than one-half but less than two-thirds full
  • DO NOT overfill sand bags
  • If bags are over-filled the risk of splitting increases
  •       Bags have been exposed to the elements and some may be prone to splitting
  • If bags are not over-filled (2/3rds or more) you should be ok, but watch for fabric failure and double bag as needed


  • The county and city cannot fill sandbags, or retrieve them afterwards. Residents are responsible for properly disposing of sandbags after they are no longer needed

Sheridan County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Office in Denver approved the update to Sheridan County’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan on January 9, 2019.  This update remains valid for five years.  As part of FEMA’s transition to a regional planning strategy, Sheridan was one of five counties in Region I in N. E. Wyoming, that participated in that update process. This update also includes the City of Sheridan, and Towns of Dayton, Ranchester, and Clearmont. The links to Sheridan County’s Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan is listed below (documents may take a few minutes to load).

Region 1 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Sheridan County Annex

Resources for Preparedness Questions

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Independent federal agency whose mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that, as a nation, we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. American Red Cross – Organization providing emergency assistance, disaster relief and educational resources. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response – Emergency preparedness information for a variety of situations, ranging from natural disasters to mass casualties and radiation emergencies. School Emergency Plans – Informational site for developing a school emergency plan. Workplace Emergency Plans – Informational site for developing a workplace emergency plan.

Prepare For An Emergency

Research And Information

Local Radio Stations

  • KROE – AM 930
  • KWYO – AM 1410
  • KHRW – FM 92.7
  • KYTI – FM 93.7
  • KZWY – FM 94.9
  • KLGT – FM 96.5
  • KZZS – FM 98.3
  • KLQQ – FM 104.9