The Emergency Management office develops and maintains a county-wide Emergency Operations Plan for all hazardous events that may occur. This work is accomplished by establishing and maintaining working relationships with government agencies and community groups that have a part in the plan. Emergency training exercises are conducted annually to test various aspects of the plan.
The emergency manager also functions as the Communications Center administrator and the County 9-1-1 coordinator. This role includes overseeing the overall management of the Communications Center which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As the 9-1-1 answering point for Stutsman County, the center dispatches for three law enforcement agencies, four ambulance services and 14 fire departments.
In addition, 9-1-1 responsibilities include providing 9-1-1 addresses for all areas of the county that are not within any incorporated city limits. The office works with the appropriate city officials to provide all other 9-1-1 addresses. All addressing is coordinated with the Postal Services and the various telephone companies.
Jerry Bergquist has served in this appointed position since January, 1989.