June 17, 2024

Clay County Drone (UAS) Program

The Clay County UAS program will provide an enhanced level of operational capability, safety, and situational awareness for first responders, approved participating agencies, and decision makers by delivering relevant high-quality imagery and data using unmanned aircraft in a responsible and transparent manner to maintain the public trust.

A UAS Advisory Board needs your assistance. If you would like to join the Board, please fill out the form below and submit it to Layne Stewart either by email or paper form to the Office of Emergency Management. More information can be found on the UAS Board page.

Board Member Expression of Interest


UAS Advisory Board Members

Layne Stewart | Emergency Management | Program Manager

Richard Hammond | Clay County Commissioner | Board Member

Drew Gunderson | Clay County Zoning / Welfare / Veterans Service | Board Member

Drew Gortmaker | Vermillion Police Department | Board Member

Andrew Paulsen | Clay County Sheriff | Board Member

Bill Sperry | Vermillion Fire EMS | Board Member

Caitlyn Dommer | Clay County State’s Attorney Office | Board Member

Victor Allen | Clay County Sheriff | Board Member


Clay County UAS Missions / Flights

  • 3/22/23 | Missing Person | Wakonda
  • 4/20/23 | Person Search | Vermillion
  • 7/6/23 | Missing Person | Clay County
  • 7/16/23 | Person Search | Vermillion
  • 8/1/23 | Missing Person | Vermillion


If you would like to notified of Clay County Flights sign up for text message notifications at uas.notification@claycountyoem.org

  • Include your Name, Mobile Phone Number including area code and your Cell Provider.
  • Please put UAS Notification in the subject line.
  • Depending on the situation, these notifications may be “after the call” if the event is time sensitive for life or property.
  • Location may be intersection of roads instead of actual address.
  • Please do not come to the location of the flight as it may be a secured area, depending on the event.
  • Planned flights will include a date and time of mission.

Any questions, comments or concerns can be emailed to uas@claycountyoem.org