The Response Section coordinates state response in support of local and tribal governments and serves as a liaison between federal, local, tribal, private and voluntary agencies. The section works with more than 50 state agencies assigned responsibilities in the State Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) to help allocate resources, compile initial damage assessment information, maintain situational awareness and evaluate information to determine the potential for state and federal declarations and requests for assistance, as well as produce and distribute documents and reports related to emergency or disaster operations. All incident-related information sharing and state response is coordinated through the use of WebEOC.
The section maintains a 24/7 Duty Officer system for monitoring day-to-day incidents, activities and events throughout the state. The Duty Officer serves as the primary point of contact for incident reporting and requests for state and federal assistance. During larger scale emergencies or disasters the section also manages the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) which serves as a central location for coordinating technical and resource assistance from state, federal, private and voluntary agencies in support of local and tribal government. WebEOC, a web-based incident management software that aids in coordination and interoperability of response and recovery activities among affected jurisdictions, is used in the SEOC to report and track information in order to provide situational awareness to responding agencies and jurisdictions.
Additionally, the Response Section is responsible for coordinating Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and Northern Emergency Management Assistance Compact (NEMAC) activities, managing the agency's warehouses and equipment and facilitating the North Dakota Hazardous Chemicals Preparedness and Response Program.
The section works in coordination with the North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC), which manages the state's critical infrastructure program by facilitating vulnerability and threat assessments and site assessment visits (SAVs) for facilities and critical infrastructure within the state.
Fraine Barracks Lane - Building 35
PO Box 5511
Bismarck, ND 58504