Lyon County Emergency Management

Lyon County Emergency Manager: Tammy VanOverbeke

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  • Phone: (507) 929-6615
  • Address: 611 West Main Street Marshall, MN 56258
What is Emergency Management?
The process and activities of preventing, mitigation the effects of, protecting against, responding to, and recovering from all threats and hazards. MN State Statute:12.03 (Definition).
  • Mitigation: Identify hazards and activities to prevent/lessen the impact of a disaster on lives and property.
  • Preparedness: Assist individuals and communities take steps to be ready for a disaster.
  • Response: Support and coordinate local agency emergency response activities.
  • Recovery: Work to restore public services and return the community to normal.
Generalized Emergency Manager Responsibilities:
  1. Coordinating the county government response to the disaster.
  2. Coordinating with any local government(s) affected by and/or responding to the disaster.
  3. Coordinating with any state and/or federal agencies responding to the disaster.
  4. Coordinating with any businesses/industries directly affected by and/or responding to the disaster.
  5. Coordinating, registering, and channeling the service of volunteers.
  6. Generating appropriate public information.


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FEMA teams to visit City of Marshall damaged by flooding

Lyon County Emergency Management Director Tammy VanOverbeke reports the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA) and Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) will tour damage in the areas hit hardest by flooding for the July 3, 2018 rain event which included the communities of Amiret, Balaton, Cottonwood, Ghent, Marshall and Tracy, as well as greater Lyon County.
The City of Marshall has documented flood damage of homes and businesses as well as public infrastructure and this has been shared with FEMA and HSEM. Documented damage information will be further assessed during these visits during the week of August 13-17.
FEMA and HSEM team members wear FEMA and HSEM attire and carry FEMA/HSEM photo IDs. If the photo ID is not displayed, residents and businesses are encouraged to ask to see identification if their property is asked to be inspected.
The City of Marshall reports that this is not an indication of whether “IA” (Individual Assistance) will be available for residents or businesses in Marshall, however the City continues to work with our agency partners in seeking out assistance.
Further questions can be directed to Lyon County Emergency Management Director Tammy VanOverbeke at 507-929-6615 or Marshall City Clerk Kyle Box at 507-537-6775

Flooding Assistance Hotline

Lyon County is still gathering information on homes affected with any flooding, sewage backup and any damage that may have occurred as a result of the July 3, 2018 rain event.  The information gathered will be compiled and forwarded to the State of Minnesota to see if we reach the threshold for an Individual Assistance Declaration and other financial assistance related to your property.  At this time, there is no individual assistance declaration, but Lyon County along with Minnesota's Department of Homeland Security are working diligently to secure a declaration.  Please call 507-337-6176 to report your property issues. Flood cleanup kits are available at the Law Enforcement Center 611 W. Main St. Marshall, MN.

Severe Weather Awareness

Alerts and Warnings.  There is always a lot of confusion on terminology.  The way that I remember it is that “watches” are just that, watch the time and watch the skies.  “Warning” has an “r” in the word.  The “r” is for “run, shelter, tornado.  Make sure that you understand the difference and know where your safe shelter areas are wherever you are.   Severe Weather, Lightning and Hail.  The largest cause of injury and death in severe weather is caused by flying and falling debris.  If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to hit you. “When it Roars, go Indoors”.   Floods.   6” of water reaches the bottom of many cars, causing them to stall or lose control, 1’ of water floats many vehicles, 2’ of rushing water carries away cars, SUV’s and pick-ups.   Tornadoes.  Make sure that your family has a plan on where the tornado safe area is in your home.  If your home does not have a good place (like a mobile home or camper) go immediately to a sturdy structure close by.  Have your NOAA Weather Radio ready to go.   Extreme Heat.  Extreme heat is very dangerous for elderly and small children.  Do NOT leave pets, children or elderly persons in a car!  Even just a few minutes can be deadly for them.   Please contact me at 507 929-6615 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any questions, comments or are looking for more information.  Also if you know of a group that needs a speaker (free!!!!) please let me know.  

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Tammy VanOverbeke
Emergency Manager
611 West Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258
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