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Bowman County Emergency Management and 9-1-1 System
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.
Monday -Thursday 7:30 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm MT
Friday 7:30 am to 12:00 pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)
Prepare for an Emergency
Follow these BOLDED links below to help you prepare for an emergency:
Are You PREPARED?
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:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Weather Service
- US Forest Service
- North Dakota Forest Service
- North Dakota Department of Health
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- US Department of Homeland Security
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.
Join Toxie the Cat and search his house for the possible dangers of chemical substances in a home.
There may be a time whe 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 USFA Kids site of the U.S. Fire Administration you can become a Junior Fire Marshall, play games, visit Hydro's Hazard House and learn how to prevent fires. Parents and Teachers, check USFA pages just for you here.
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 Teacherresources found on this page.
You’re at the right place! BAM! Body and Mind has everything you need to know about all the stuff that matters, like Your Safety!
Welcome to Smokey the Bear's Outpost! Explore Smokey's cabin to find all sorts of fun and interesting things about Wildfire Prevention.
Local Emergency Planning Committee
The Local Emergency Planning Committee or "LEPC" develops and maintains emergency plans.
In North Dakota, each county has been designated as a planning district. A LEPC has been appointed for each district and each is required to develop and maintain a hazardous chemicals emergency response plan for the district using information from facilities required to report under the "Right-to-Know" section of EPCRA. If a facility has a response plan of its own, appropriate information from it should be incorporated into the LEPC's plan. Hazardous chemical information sheets are on file in the Emergency Manager's Office for public inspection.
Below are links to current local plans:
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 .
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.