May 23, 2024


The Clay County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan is currently being updated. The meeting are open to the public for input into the plan and the meeting schedule may be found on the Calendar.

To view the current plan, follow this link. Clay County PDM Plan

Notice of Public Meeting



Release Date:  January 19, 2024

Contact: Sophie Johnson, South Eastern Council of Governments, (605) 681-8184


Clay County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Public Meeting to be held on

February 1, 2024, at 3:00 P.M.


Over the course of the last several months, a planning committee consisting of representatives from Clay County, and municipalities within Clay County, has been meeting to update the Clay County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan. The updated Plan is required for Clay County, and municipalities within Clay County, to remain eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding.

Clay County will hold a public meeting to receive input on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of Vermillion City Hall (25 Center St., Vermillion, SD 57069). At this meeting, the public is invited to comment on the draft 2024 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for Clay County and provide feedback. The 2024 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan for Clay County, will be available on the South Eastern Council of Governments’ website at this link: on January 19, 2024.

For more information, please contact Sophie Johnson at (605) 681-8184 or Layne Stewart, Clay County Emergency Manager, at (605) 677-7185.




While we can not control the occurrence of events like tornadoes, floods or other disasters, we can directly influence the severity of impact by initiating pre-disaster mitigation planning, principles, and practices.

Mitigation actions are most often thought of as taking the form of structural or non-structural measures, but there are four basic approaches:

  • Altering the Hazard: Modifying the hazard to eliminate or reduce the frequency of its occurrence. Examples include triggering avalanches under controlled conditions and reducing a storm’s energy through cloud seeding.
  • Averting the Hazard: Redirecting the impact away from a vulnerable location by using structural devices or land treatment to shield people and development from harm. Examples include dikes, levees and dams.
  • Adapting to the Hazard: Modifying structures and altering design standards of construction. Identified problem areas such as high wind, earthquake, land sliding or subsidence, and heavily forested terrain all require special building standards and construction practices in order to reduce vulnerability to damage.
  • Avoiding the Hazard: Keep people away from the hazard area or limiting development and population in a risk area. Examples include enforcement actions such as zoning regulations, building codes and ordinances.