Wendy M. Willprecht, Emergency Manager/911 Coordinator
(701) 724-6241 -113
Sargent County Emergency Management
The Sargent County Emergency Management office provides a countywide system for effective mitigation, preparation for, response to, and recovery from, manmade or natural disasters. The office prepares and maintains a plan which provides for:
Sargent County 911 provides enhanced services to the citizens of Sargent County and cities therein, and those that travel through. These services involve the accurate collection, exchange and dissemination of information relating to emergencies and other vital public safety functions.
911 became effective in Sargent County May 31, 1994. This emergency telephone service is implemented county wide by a vote of the residents of the county. Sargent County 911 service is available to anyone whom has a landline or cell telephone. The service is available for emergency use whenever there is an immediate threat to life or property. This service is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Most calls made from Sargent County will be routed to ND State Radio Dispatch in Bismarck. Effective December 14, 2004 Sargent County has in place technology to locate 911 calls originating from a digital cell phone equipped with a GPS chip. Cell phones with GPS chips are able to interact with global satellites equipped for location technology, so callers must be outside or near a window for the chip to correspond with the satellite that relays the positioning information. Location technology is the final phase of the 5 year process to implement 911-wireless in North Dakota.
Sargent County Emergency Management provides an integrated emergency management system that prepares Sargent County for an emergency or disaster. Four phases or principals are utilized to develop this comprehensive approach.
Planning: This phase develops the plans used by communities during an emergency or disaster. It looks at the hazards within a community to determine the risks that could impact the population. Based upon the hazards and risks, a generic plan is developed which can be followed in any emergency or disaster. It provides a guide for all responding agencies, both public and private. Some common hazards planned for within Sargent County are flooding, tornadoes, winter storms, chemical storage and transportation accidents.
Mitigation: If certain hazards or risks can be minimized prior to the emergency or disaster, it can significantly reduce or eliminate the necessary response. An example of mitigation is building an earthen dike to protect the community from flooding.
Response: The mobilization of resources to meet an emergency or disaster. Based upon the plan developed, a coordinated response can be activated to save lives, protect property and prevent damage to the environment. It is not always possible to avoid an emergency or disaster, but one can hopefully lessen its impact.
Recovery: The period following an emergency or disaster that gathers the resources to allow a community to return to near normal activities. During this recovery phase a community may have an opportunity to change or rebuild in such a manner to further reduce the risks to the community. That takes planning which identifies what mitigating actions could lessen the response and the need to recover.
For more information, contact Sargent County Emergency Management at (701)724-6241 ext: 113
355 Main St S, Forman, ND 58032
Phone: 701-724-6241 ext. 113
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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