ND State Emergency Operations Plan activated

BISMARCK, N.D. (Valley News Live) 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.

“The extraordinary intensity of this early winter storm threatens to test the limits of local response capabilities across a large portion of our state,” Burgum said. “We’re committed to a whole-of-government approach to protect human life and property and ensure our citizens have the resources necessary to respond and recover from this crippling event.”

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (DES) is closely monitoring conditions to support local and tribal officials during this storm.

Response resources, including those of the North Dakota National Guard, are pre-positioned across the state, and required personnel are on notice, if needed, to aid the citizens of North Dakota.

State agencies also have been in close contact with one another and with local emergency managers to anticipate equipment and personnel needs should the storm exceed local response capabilities. As of now, no local or tribal emergency declarations have been issued.

Agencies that have collaborated on these efforts this week include the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Highway Patrol, National Guard, Department of Agriculture, Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Civil Air Patrol, State Radio, State Water Commission, National Weather Service, Rural Electric Cooperative Association and voluntary agencies, including the Red Cross.

As the storm works across the state over the weekend, DES will continue to monitor conditions.