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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 Guidance to Assist Your Business - GNDC & ND Dept of Commerce

  • Date: 04/09/2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Register as a non-member for meeting log in information



ND Department of Commerce Business Briefing, hosted by Greater North Dakota Chamber

The U.S. Treasury released the Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on the evening of April 2nd and additional clarification has been developing daily.  Join us for an overview of provisions of the CARES Act along with clarifications made through the recently released guidance, along with other implementation updates relating to unemployment insurance, and direct payments.  We will use examples to illustrate how the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), PPP, and expanded unemployment insurance provisions of the CARES Act can assist your business in navigating the business disruption caused by COVID-19.  Finally, we will specifically discuss how the CARES Act applies to certain sole proprietors, non-profit, and faith-based organizations. 

At the time of registration, please provide your questions relating to the CARES Act. 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.

April 9 | 11:00 Call: “NEW CARES Act Guidance to Assist Your Business” 

To receive call-in information, attendees must register as a non-member. A confirmation email with call specifics will be sent to the email provided in the registration prior to the call. 


Past Briefings: 

April 2: CARES Act | slidedeck | recording
March 26: Emergency Business Financing | recording 
March 18: Overall Business Briefing | recording | recap

Live tweets at @nodakchamber | #COVID19NDBrief

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