Emergency Management/911

Bowman County Emergency Management and  9-1-1 System

The position of Bowman County Emergency Manager is an appointed position.


The Bowman County Emergency Manager has the responsibilities for the day-to-day Emergency Management programs. The Emergency Services office cooperates with a comprehensive network of local, state, and federal Emergency Management personnel; governmental agencies, law enforcement, fire, ambulance, and other emergency personnel; private businesses; voluntary organizations; and individuals to identify potential hazards and to apply the four phases of Emergency Management (Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) to develop emergency plans for each potential natural and technological hazard. Although it is the responsibility of all departments to respond to the needs of its’ citizens during a serious emergency or major disaster, the planning and coordination of this task is the responsibility of the Emergency Management Office.


The 9-1-1 Coordinator manages the operation of the Bowman-Slope 9-1-1 System and is responsible for 9-1-1 addressing system in Bowman and Slope Counties.

Prepare For An Emergency

Follow these BOLDED links below to help you prepare for an emergency:

Coronavirus FAQ’s

Find out here what residents of Bowman and Slope County can do to prepare for an emergency.

Winter Weather Preparedness and Safety Guide
Learn more about preparing your home and vehicle for North Dakota winter season.

Helpful Links – more information on various items including Disaster Recovery:

Additional links:

Kids Corner - Teaching Children About Emergencies

McGruff the Crime Dog is back! The National Crime Prevention Council’s website for children that introduces them to McGruff and delivers interactive games and puzzles and videos about bullying as well as identifying dangers in your home, school and community.

There may be a time when YOU need to dial 9-1-1. 9-1-1 for Kids is the foundation for all disaster and emergency preparedness and response training.

Preparing for emergencies is a great way to get ready and keep your family safe! Let’s Get Ready with Rosita and friends at Sesame Street.

At the Fire Safe Kids  fire safety is made fun!  Parents and Teachers, check these pages just for you here.   You will find your visit to be time well spent, and when you leave, we believe you’ll take with you a better understanding of fire safety!

Stop in to see Sparky, the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA), and have fun learning about fire safety.

Learn how to make and predict weather, plus enjoy games, stories and activities at Web Weather for Kids! There are also Teacher resources found on this page.

You’re at the right place! BAM! Body and Mind page has a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.

Welcome to Smokey for Kids where kids can learn all sorts of ways you can help prevent wildfires. You’ll find activities, games, and learn a lot about protecting the forest.

Emergency Notification - Sirens, Radios and Codered

Bowman County and cities employs many different ways to notify our citizens of a pending disaster. Outdoor Warning Sirens, All-Hazards radio and CodeRED Emergency Notification. Bowman County has 6 working outdoor warning sirens. They are stationed at the cities of Rhame, Bowman and Scranton as well as Bowman Haley Dam.


County policy is that sirens will be activated if any county or city siren is in the path and is within 10 miles of a storm producing any of the following events:

  • a confirmed rotation, funnel cloud or tornado
  • a severe thunderstorm that includes golf ball and larger hail
  • a severe thunderstorm that includes wind gusts in excess of 70 mph


Sirens have only two notifications. The high-low sound is to notify volunteer firemen of a fire, while the steady tone is an indication to “move to shelter” and seek more information. A steady tone could signify dangerous weather or another “seek shelter” incident as a chemical accident.


The sirens will sound will for 3 minutes, but just because they turn off does not mean people are out of danger. Residents should stay informed of the threat by tuning in on an all-hazards radio, check local television and radio reports or use internet resources.


Outdoor siren systems are an effective method of outdoor notification, however the system should not be relied upon for early warning for individuals indoors. Air-conditioning, thunder, wind, rain, and other conditions can cause the sirens not to be heard indoors. Sirens are also subject to equipment malfunction as well as failure due to damage from lightning strikes.


The Emergency Manager highly recommends each home and business have make use of other means to receive warnings and notifications such as NOAA all hazard radios, specifically one with the SAME feature, or subscribe to our FREE service CodeRED who will automatically send a phone call, email or text message out when a storm warning is issued for specified locations.


NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is a network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. It also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security, natural, environmental,and public safety.


CodeRED is a FREE service provided for residents of Bowman and Slope Counties. When your residence is in the path of a severe storm, CodeRed Weather Alert will send you an alert. Sign up here .

9-1-1 System

911 is an emergency telephone number that provides immediate and direct access to Fire, Police, Medical Services, and other emergency responders.  911 is a system created to provide immediate response to calls for services for emergencies.


A 911 answering center is located at State Radio in Bismarck.  This answering point receives calls for emergencies for 22 counties in North Dakota.  ND State radio is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to receive calls and dispatch the appropriate services.


The 911 system can be activated by landline and wireless (cellular) phones.  When you call 911 using a cellular phone, it is very important to give the dispatcher your cell phone number right away in case you lose the connection.


Depending on your location when you call 911 from a cell phone, your call may reach a cell phone tower that directs your 911 call to a different 911 Center other than the one in the jurisdiction you may need.  It is necessary to give the dispatcher the address of your location so they can contact the correct 911 Center.


For more information on 911 services, when to call 911, and what happens when you call 911, please view the brochure Calling 911.



PHONE: (701) 523-4771

EMAIL: emergency.management911@bowmancountynd.gov

Bowman County Emergency Services
104 1st St NW, Suite 5
Bowman ND 58623


12:30pm – 4:30pm MT

Or by Appointment