Emergency Preparedness and Response

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The Division of Emergency Preparedness is dedicated to creating and promoting a state of readiness and prompt response to protect the health of North Dakotans during catastrophic events, large scale disasters and emergencies. We accomplish our mission by coordinating education, assessment, planning, response and support services involving public health providers, private medical providers, public safety agencies and government officials.

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Planning and Safety

An emergency - whether natural or man made - can strike quickly and without warning. Although first responders and relief workers will be on the scene as soon as possible, they may not reach everyone right away. That's why it's important to become informed and educated and to prepare for a disaster before it strikes.

The following guidelines can help you prepare for a possible emergency, including a terrorist event.

Family Emergency Plan

Emergency Supplies Kit

Pandemic Influenza Planning: Checklist for Businesses

Pandemic Influenza Planning: Guide for Individuals and Families

What to Do In Case of Emergency or Biological or Chemical Attack

Emergency Preparedness Department Operations Center

The Department Operations Center (DOC) is the physical location where the Department of Health comes together during an emergency to coordinate response and recovery actions and resources. The DOC is not an incident command post; rather, it is the operations center where coordination and management decisions are facilitated. 

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