Emergency Management


What is Emergency Management?

Emergency Management is a comprehensive effort coordinating a wide range of public safety and awareness programs to ensure that a high level of preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery will be maintained for all known hazards.


Continuous assessment, planning, training and exercising is undertaken involving public agencies and the public sector. In doing this, a partnership with a good working relationship is formed with local emergency response agencies, such as fire, law enforcement, public works, volunteer agencies, public health, and emergency medical services. These joint events bring about an awareness of each other's capabilities and limitations.


Under State and Federal law, each county is required to set up an Emergency Management organization that will best serve the entire jurisdiction. (NDCC 37-17.1-07; Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950) 



What are the Responsibilities of the Emergency Manager

The Morton County Emergency Manager has the responsibilities for the day-to-day emergency management programs in Morton County. We provide:

  • Effective and orderly governmental coordination of emergency operations during emergencies
  • We work with numerous local, volunteer, state, and federal organizations on an ongoing basis
  • Development and maintenance of the County's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP)
  • Manage resources and coordinate any recovery efforts following a disaster, as well as providing public information
  • They also have the responsibility to apply the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, to develop emergency action plans for each potential natural, technological, or man-made hazard.