Areas of Focus

SWC’s Emergency Preparedness focuses on response to the following areas: Biological Agents, Chemical Agents, Natural Disasters and Zoonotic Diseases.

A number of factors contribute to a strong community facing a successful emergency response:

  • Planning (Creating a number of documents that outline responses philosophies, contacts, MOUs, etc.)
  • Education (New approaches are created to problems known and unknown on a daily basis.)
  • Partnerships (One person/group will not be able to serve as the sole emergency response for a community. It takes a team effort.)
  • Repetition (Practice, practice, practice.)

These areas of focus are utilized throughout the management of the four phases of an emergency:

  • Mitigation (Reducing the chance of an emergency happening.)
  • Preparedness (Cycling of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating and taking corrective action.)
  • Response (Mobilizing the appropriate emergency services into the disaster area.)
  • Recovery (Rebuilding to return a community to normal or near-normal conditions.)


The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is one of the common tools utilized during an emergency response. This scaleable system provides a universal approach for managing incidents, allowing different agencies or individuals trained in different locations to work from the same core concept and terminology.  

  1. Crystalynn Kuntz

    Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator

  2. Kalen Ost

    Emergency Preparedness Information Specialist

  3. Public Health

    Physical Address
    500 E. Front Ave.
    Bismarck, ND 58504


    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 5503
    Bismarck, ND 58504

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

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm