Wells County


223 W Washington Street
Suite 101
Bluffton, IN 46714
Mon-Fri: 8AM-4:30PM
(Emergency Management is on call 24/7. Hours vary depending on the status of emergency incidents within the county)
(260) 824-6433
Rick Velasquez

Wells County Sheriff's Office
(260) 824-3426

Bluffton Fire Department
(260) 824-6050

Bluffton Police Department
(260) 824-3320

Wells County EMS, Inc
(260) 827-0166

Mission Statement

Save lives and protect property from the consequences of all types of disasters.

The residents of Wells County face the threat of disasters and emergencies. Recognizing this threat, Wells County’s Response and Support Communities have come together to maintain the overall health, safety, and general welfare of its citizens.

Facilities that manufactures, store or use hazardous chemicals. If your company manufactures, stores or uses any chemical requiring a material safety data sheet (MSDA) under the OSHA hazard communication standard in a quantity greater than 10,000 pounds.


Your company manufactures, uses or stores any chemical designated by the EPA as an extremely hazardous substance in a quantity equal to or greater than its listed threshold planning quantity (1-500 pounds).

SARA Title III requires facilities to submit Tier II forms annually by March 1. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Wells County Local Emergency Planning Committee at either of the below listed numbers.

Right-To-Know Act

The Community Right-to-Know Act requires facilities to report the identity and location of hazardous chemicals.

The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III plan of 1986 states that accurate information and timely notification of a hazardous materials emergency is critical for an effective emergency response operation.

Section 304 of SARA Title III requires the immediate notification of the Community Emergency Coordinator and IDEM when a release of an extremely hazardous substance (EHS) or hazardous chemical in a quantity above the Reportable Quantity (RQ) occurs.


The Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.) consists of representatives from elected and local officials, law enforcement, emergency management, fire, first-aid, health, local environmental and transportation agencies, hospital, broadcast and media, community groups and industry.

LEPC Meeting dates for 2021

  • February 9
  • April 13
  • June 8
  • August 10
  • October12
  • December 12

Meetings start at 8:00am at the Wells County Annex Meeting Room in the basement.

Advisory Council

Advisory Board President representing County Council
Todd Mahnensmith

Michael K. Vanover

Mayor of the City
John Whicker

Representative of the Fire Chiefs 
Don Craig

Wells County EMS 
Rick Piepenbrink

Sheriff’s Office
Scott Holliday

Wells Co. Health Dept.
Marlene Hoag

Representative of Small Towns 
Jim Beckstein

Outlined in Indiana Code 10-4-1-10 page 43 of 81.

EOC Communication

In most years, thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning cause hundreds of injuries and deaths and billions in property and crop damages. To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN ® with partner organizations. SKYWARN ® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters.

Indiana Travel Advisory

Northern Indiana – National Weather Service

Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Wabash River level in Bluffton, IN
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2024 Solar Eclipse Information

Printable Generator Maintenance List

72 Hour Kit Checklist

Car Emergency Kit Checklist

Emergency Legal Documents

Family Emergency Plan

My United Way 2-1-1

Winter Weather

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