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Emergency Preparedness and Response


National Preparedness Month

While emergency preparedness should be occuring all year at home, work, and in the community, September is designated as National Preparedness Month (NPM) to remind us that we need to take steps to be prepare ourselves and our families for emergencies. This year, NPM will focus on planning for emergencies.

Each week during NPM, there will be different themes related to planning for emergnecies.

Week 1: September 1-8 - Make a plan
Learn how to develop an emergency plan for your family, sign up for alerts and warnings to be better informed of emergencies affecting your community, and planning for evacuation in case you need to leave your home due to a disaster.

Week 2: September 9-15 - Learn life saving skills
Skills such as turning off utilities like natural gas before an emergency occurs can help prevent further damage to your home. Adding smoke alarms to every level of your home and general fire safety in the home are important steps you can take to be prepared for fire in your home.

Week 3: September 16-22 - Check your coverage
Make sure that your home and possessions are properly insured to limit losses and aid in the recovery if your home is damaged or destroyed in a disaster. Also add flood insurance coverage to your property as flooding is the most common natural disaster impacting residents in all communities. In fact, 20% of the flood claims come from propery out of the high risk flood zone.

Week 4: September 23-30 - Save for an emergency
Part of your preparedness efforts should inlcude financially planning for a disaster to impact you and your family. This includes saving money for emergencies. FEMA has a Emergency Financial First Aid Kit that can help you strengthen your financial preparedness.

About the EPR Section

Central Valley Health District works with the North Dakota Department of Health, public safety agencies, and other community groups to plan and prepare for disasters or emergency situations. This is in conjunction with local all hazards emergency planning, preparedness, and response.

Central Valley Health District is part of an eight-county region established by the State of North Dakota for emergency preparedness and response planning. Counties included in our region are: Barnes, Dickey, Foster, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman, and Wells

An emergency response coordinator, environmental health practitioner, and a public information officer serve the eight counties within the Southeast Central Region. Their work is funded in part by federal grants and is focused on public health emergencies. This is done through public education and planning which involves partnerships for enhanced regional response plans and capabilities.



ND Department of Health-Emergency Preparedness and Response

CDC: Emergency Preparedness & Response

Are You Prepared? An Emergency Guide for Stutsman County

Are You Prepared? An Emergency Guide for LaMoure County

Are You Prepared? An Emergency Guide for Barnes County

Public Health Emergency Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

Ready.gov – Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

American Red Cross Family Preparedness

Minn-Kota Region of the American Red Cross

Flu.gov - Information about the flu

Prepare My Business - Business Contuinity Planning

CDC - Coping with a Disaster - Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

FEMA - Protect Your Property or Business from Disaster - Informatoin about steps that can be taken to better prepare your home/business for disaster

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Emergency Mass Notification System

Barnes, LaMoure, Stutsman, and Wells counties have contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed emergency notification system. This system has the ability to deliver messages to a live person or an answering machine within a targeted area or the entire county quickly.

Barnes County sign up.

LaMoure County sign up.

Stutsman County sign up.

Wells County sign up.

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Emergency Mass Notification System

Foster County has contracted with Nixle 360 Community Engagement platform to provide high-speed emergency notifications to community members. This system has the ability to deliver messages to a live person or an answering machine within a targeted area or the entire county quickly.

Foster County sign up.