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May 30th, 1998. A destroyed home in a neighborhood.
Saturday, May 30, 1998
Ten tornadoes touched down within 90 minutes of each other. A strong, 700-yard wide tornado ripped a six-mile swatch of farmhouses and electrical lines from McCook Country. The most violent tornado, an EF4 with 220 mph winds in the greater Spencer area, proved to be the most destructive in state history. It obliterated nearly all of Spencerʼs 190 buildings—including nearly every house in its northeast quadrant—and killed six people. Half of Spencerʼs residents opted never to return.

State Information

South Dakota Department of Public Safety
Office of Emergency Management
118 W. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3231
http://dps.sd.gov/homeland_security/
http://dps.sd.gov/

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting www.citizencorps.gov.

South Dakota State Citizen Corps
South Dakota Office of Emergency Management
118 W. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3231
www.citizencorps.gov/cc

Localized Ready Programs

South Dakota
The bReadySD program was launched in 2007 to encourage South Dakotans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and towns and cities.