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State Agencies Start Preparing for Potential Spring Flooding after Record Wet Fall in North Dakota

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:00 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Officials from nearly a dozen agencies, including the Governor’s Office, Department of Emergency Services (DES) and North Dakota National Guard, began planning efforts today in anticipation of spring flooding after a record wet fall that has produced high river flows and left soils saturated heading into freeze-up.


Burgum Signs Executive Order Declaring Statewide Flood Emergency as He and Goehring Visit Flood-Impacted Areas

Monday, October 21, 2019

FARGO, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum this morning signed an executive order declaring a statewide flood emergency, paving the way for requests for federal assistance to help North Dakotans deal with significant flooding impacts caused by heavy fall rains and a historic October blizzard.


Burgum, Goehring to Visit Flood-Affected Area as Damage Being Assessed for Federal Disaster Requests

Friday, October 18, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and other state officials will meet with local officials and community members on Monday, Oct. 21, in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown and hold a townhall meeting in Fessenden to hear about the impacts of North Dakota’s unusually wet fall and last weekend’s record-breaking early snowstorm and to discuss the state’s response efforts.


Burgum, N.D. Dept. of Agriculture: Options for Producers Sought as Wet Weather Continues

Friday, October 11, 2019

BISMARCK – The extensive wet pattern in North Dakota, topped with an early snowstorm, is creating a great deal of anxiety for farmers and ranchers. The state is exploring all possible means of assistance and encouraging those in emotional distress to reach out for help, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Gov. Doug Burgum said today in a joint statement.


Burgum: State Emergency Operations Plan Activated, Agencies Closely Monitoring Major Early Winter Storm

Friday, October 11, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s State Emergency Operations Plan has been activated and state agencies are closely monitoring this winter storm in case local response capabilities become overwhelmed, Gov. Doug Burgum said today.


Burgum: State Continues to Monitor Rain-Affected Areas as Efforts Shift from Response to Recovery

Friday, September 27, 2019

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), and Cody Schulz, North Dakota Homeland Security director, today led a conference call with emergency managers from across the state to determine if additional resources or capabilities are needed to respond to last weekend’s severe storms and heavy rainfall. The conversation also focused on determining the extent of damages experienced by the affected jurisdictions and the upcoming recovery process.


N.D. Department of Emergency Services Announces Mitigation Grant Funding Availability

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) recently was notified that FEMA has made available $410 million in federal funding through two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).


North Dakota Department of Emergency Services Hosts Multi-Agency Disaster Response Exercise

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Representatives from more than 50 local, state and federal agencies today concluded a 3-day disaster response exercise sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) on Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The exercise scenario, which included a hazardous chemical spill, was designed to test participants’ ability to collaborate with their counterparts in a multi-jurisdictional environment.


North Dakota Hazard Mitigation Projects to Receive Further Review by FEMA

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 08:00 am

Categories: all, Press Release, HOMELAND SECURITY

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) this week received notification, after coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that approximately $18 million in North Dakota hazard mitigation projects were selected for further review under the federal agency’s Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs for fiscal year 2018. Through the nationally competitive programs, communities can receive a 75 percent federal cost share to implement projects that will prevent damages from natural hazards.


Mitigation Matters May 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 01:00 am

In North Dakota, Mitigation Matters

Welcome to the Aprill issue of Mitigation Matters, a monthly newsletter for North Dakota's mitigation partners.

We are thankful to our mitigation partners who ensure the State of North Dakota is a national leader in mitigation and in emergency management. Your commitment to risk reduction is resulting in safer, more resilient communities.

Through this newsletter, we plan on sharing updates on our progress to achieve North Dakota’s mitigation strategy. We plan on keeping you apprised of available funding for mitigation projects; the impacts of natural and technological hazards and adversarial threats; and successful projects for your planning team to consider.