Emergency Preparedness

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What is Emergency Preparedness?

The events and responses to the September 11, 2001, attacks prompted the implementation of more advanced Emergency Preparedness programs and measures. Today, the Emergency Preparedness division at Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health works with local, state and federal programs and entities to ensure safe measures and best practices are being followed prior to an emergency. In the event of an emergency, plans have been created to help a community recover from that emergency more quickly.

The department is trained in, and utilizes, the Incident Command System (ICS), as well as National Incident Management System (NIMS), to provide an efficient and standardized approach to the management of an incident. 

SWC Region

SWC Reg MapBismarck-Burleigh Public Health is part of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Division for Southwest Central (SWC) North Dakota. This region includes Custer Health (covering Morton, Mercer, Oliver, Grant and Sioux Counties), Emmons County Public Health and Kidder County District Health Unit. 

Preparedness Exercises

If your SWC healthcare organization is conducting tabletop or full scale preparedness exercises, EPR staff may be available to participate in the exercise and help walk your organization through certain aspects of the exercise(s). Contact SWC Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Crystalynn Kuntz (701-355-1546) for more information. 

Please feel free to utilize the following templates for your exercises: 

ICS Forms

The Incident Command System (ICS) utilizes standardized forms and documents to assist emergency personnel during an incident. 

North Dakota Health Alert Network

The NDHAN serves as a communication network among state and local public health agencies, healthcare providers, hospitals and emergency management officials. Established through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NDHAN is part of the North Dakota Department of Health's Emergency Preparedness and Response program. Membership to receive Health Advisories from the N.D. Health Alert Network (NDHAN) is by request only. For more information and/or to sign up  for alerts, visit the State Department of Health website

Additional Resources

Fireworks Safety Resources

Grilling Safety Resources

Heat-Related Illness Resources

Dakota Media Access Videos

  1. Crystalynn Kuntz

    Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator

  2. Kalen Ost

    Emergency Preparedness Information Specialist

  3. Public Health


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    500 E. Front Ave.
    Bismarck, ND 58504


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    P.O. Box 5503
    Bismarck, ND 58504

    Phone: 701-355-1540
    Fax: 701-221-6883