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Emergency Management Board

1. Establishment

The City of Grand Forks and the County of Grand Forks through a Joint Powers Agreement establish a combined emergency management agency.

2. Administration

The agency shall be managed by a board to be known as the Emergency Management Board. The Board shall consist of: a member of the County Commission, appointed by the County Commission; a member of the City Council, appointed by the City Council, and a representative of the public, whose appointment shall be jointly concurred with by the County Commission and the City Council.

3. Powers and Duties
  1. To plan for and implement the establishment of the agency;
  2. To plan for and implement the emergency management systems, including emergency mitigation, preparation, response and recovery functions and activities for all emergencies and disasters, whether natural or man-made;
  3. To develop a plan for the administration and management of the Emergency Management Agency;
  4. To establish and develop policies governing day to day operations of the agency;
  5. To prepare an annual budget for approval by the City and County;
  6. To employ an Emergency Manager and staff necessary to operate or manage the agency, subject to the limits of annual appropriations and authority approved by the City and County;
  7. To enter into contracts for the purchase, lease and sale of equipment and/or services necessary to carry out its powers and duties, subject to the limits of annual appropriations and authority as approved by the City and County;
  8. To plan for future needs of the City and County in relation to emergency services and Emergency Management and make appropriate recommendations to the City and County;
  9. To assure that emergency operational plans are developed to effectively serve the citizens within the agency’s jurisdiction;
  10. To submit an annual report of all functions, activities, and recommendations for consideration by the City and County;
  11. To prepare and submit such grant applications for local, state, federal or other funding which may be available for the administration, operation and management of the Emergency Management program;
  12. Such other powers and duties as may be assigned from time to time by the City and County.

4. Members

Ken Vein
Grand Forks City Council Representative


Diane Knauf
Grand Forks County Commission Representative


Joe Simon
Representative of the Public




City of Grand Forks
255 N 4th Street * Grand Forks, ND 58203 * Phone (701) 746-INFO