BISMARCK, N.D.— Members of the North Dakota National Guard and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services this weekend will conduct a flood exercise at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The agencies regularly participate in emergency response exercise scenarios to validate and refine statewide plans and capabilities.
About 45 Soldiers and Airmen from the North Dakota National Guard’s Domestic Operations Section will work from the organization’s Joint Operations Center (JOC) where they will provide command and control during the hypothetical flood response. The JOC serves as a nexus for information sharing, as well as personnel and equipment tracking, during a domestic emergency. Emergency management from Burleigh and Morton Counties and the City of Bismarck also will participate in the exercise.
Media representatives are invited to cover the exercise on Friday, Feb. 9, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please call Bill Prokopyk at 701-333-2129 to arrange interviews with exercise participants.
When activated by the governor in response to requests through the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, the North Dakota National Guard serves as the first military responders during a natural disaster or emergency in the state.
WHO: North Dakota National Guard, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services
WHAT: Flood Response Exercise
WHEN: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
WHERE: Fraine Barracks, Bismarck, North Dakota, Building 400
MEDIA: Media representatives are invited to cover the flood response exercise. Interviews and coverage can be coordinated with Bill Prokopyk at 701-333-2129. For those outside the Bismarck-Mandan area, phone interviews also can be arranged.
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.
The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen. We are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready, always there.