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COVID-19 RESPONSE

The City of Grand Forks is actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. For up to date info from the City regarding COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 CITY UPDATES page. For those looking for assistance in this difficult time visit our COVID-19 RESOURCES page. City offices are closed to the public but open for business. Find out more at our VIRTUAL CITY HALL

Emergency Management Board

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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

  • To plan for and implement the establishment of the agency;

  • 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;

  • To develop a plan for the administration and management of the Emergency Management Agency;

  • To establish and develop policies governing day to day operations of the agency;

  • To prepare an annual budget for approval by the City and County;

  • 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;

  • 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;

  • 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;

  • To assure that emergency operational plans are developed to effectively serve the citizens within the agency’s jurisdiction;

  • To submit an annual report of all functions, activities, and recommendations for consideration by the City and County;

  • 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;
    Such other powers and duties as may be assigned from time to time by the City and County.

4. Members

  • Danny Weigel - Term expires January 1, 2021
    Grand Forks City Council Representative
  • Diane Knauf
    Grand Forks County Commission Representative
  • Leah Ista- Term expires March 3, 2022
    Representative of the Public
  • Michelle Rakoczy - Term expires March 6, 2021
    Representative of the Public
  • Heather Everson - Term expires March 6, 2021
    Representative of the Public

Partner Event: CARES Act Info - Dept. of Commerce / GNDC Business Briefings

  • Date: 04/02/2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Remote - register for login information

 

Dept of Commerce Business Briefings, hosted by Greater North Dakota Chamber

GNDC has partnered with ND Department of Commerce to host a series of business briefings via conference call to businesses and GNDC members, trade associations, and local chambers of commerce to discuss current solutions for stressors caused by COVID-19. These calls will occur on a weekly basis on Thursdays at 11:00. Attendees will need to register to receive the call information.

April 2: What you need to know about the CARES Act | registration

We invite small businesses of all types, for- and not-for profit organizations, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and “gig” workers to join us to learn about how the CARES Act, and support that is available to you. We will cover the provisions relating to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Paycheck Protection Act, expanded unemployment insurance benefits, and employer requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. We will also present several hypothetical situations to illustrate how these expanded federal resources may assist you and your business. 

At the time of registration, please provide your questions relating to the CARES Acts or financial resources. These will be provided ahead of time to the Department of Commerce so that presenters can address your questions to the extent possible, given the dynamic environment. Questions not addressed during the conference call will be answered in a follow-up communication.

Register here

Past Briefings:  

March 26: Emergency Business Financing | recording 
March 18: Overall Business Briefing | recording | recap

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