Emergency Response

'SIRN' project a go

Jun 6, 2017

It’s called the “Statewide Interoperable Radio Network” project – or “SIRN” (siren) for short.

And thanks to the actions of the 2017 Legislature, providing a funding mechanism, the project will soon get off the ground.

It’s a project that would allow various public safety agencies to talk to each other – a shortcoming pointed out nationally after 9/11, when first responders were unable to communicate.

A new national study shows North Dakota is at or near the national average – when it comes to being prepared for public health emergencies.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation did the survey, ranking states on a scale from zero to 10. North Dakota’s ranking is 6.5.

"North Dakota has seen improvements in its preparedness scores over time," said research team leader Dr. Glen Mays of the University of Kentucky. He says North Dakota has improved in its capability around health security surveillance.

Wiedrich: State doing well in emergency response

Jun 5, 2014

The chief of the state Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness and Response section says the last year has been a busy one.

Tim Wiedrich says there have been a dozen situations where the Health Department’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated.

"We've responded to a wide variety of incidents," said Wiedrich. "Things like train derailments, water emergencies, tornadoes and a wide variety of other types of emergencies -- including communicable disease."

And Wiedrich says the state, in partnership with local emergency personnel, has handled things well.

Shiloh Hosts Emergency Response Training

Aug 14, 2013

Bismarck’s Shiloh Christian School hosted a major school incident exercise.

The exercise included officials from Bismarck Police, Metro Area Ambulance, St. Alexius Medical Center, Sanford Health, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, Bis-Man Transit and Crisis Care Chaplaincy.

Morgan Forness is Superintendent at Shiloh. He said the purpose of the event is to see how Emergency Medical Services respond to a potential major school incident.

The exercise mocked a potential mass causality procedure, Forness said.