DENVER, Colo. -- As the likelihood of severe weather continues, FEMA Region VIII continues working with the North Dakota Division of Emergency Services (ND DES) in response to potential flooding. At the request of the state, a FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is deploying to North Dakota to provide supplementary support to ND DES in its planning efforts and to identify resources that may be needed for the flood response effort.
The FEMA IMAT will assist ND DES in the event that evacuations and mass care, (including sheltering and feeding of displaced persons) are needed. Other IMAT functions include emergency communications, search and rescue preparation, coordination of voluntary agency support and working with other federal agency response agencies, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Health and Human Services and U.S. Coast Guard. The FEMA IMAT team will remain in place for as long as needed to assist the state with the growing flood threat. Additional personnel are on stand-by to be deployed as needed.
Also, FEMA is deploying a Defense Coordinating Element to provide technical support and situational awareness in case Department of Defense resources are needed. Additionally, a 10-vehicle communications ground unit will arrive on April 7. A FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support telecommunications tower remains in place in the Harwood, N.D. area to provide back-up communications should that need arise.
A multi-state Incident Support Base has been established in Arden Hills, Minn. to provide life-saving and life-sustaining commodities such as food, water and generators to North Dakota communities in case of serious flooding.
If you have any questions regarding FEMA’s support of flood preparation efforts in North Dakota, please contact the FEMA Region VIII Office of External Affairs at (303) 235-4908.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.