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Emergency Managers Meet to Develop Best Response Plans

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McKenzie Co. emergency manager Jerry Samuelson was on his way to an emergency conference in Bismarck Monday morning, when he had to go into work mode about whether to keep county roads open due to the downpour of rain.

He says roads stayed open, but it's an example of what they need to work on, to get the word out to the public early on.

He says emergency response in McKenzie county is probably ten times what it used to be three years ago, so he's hoping to learn from others about how to develop the best response plans.

"There's a lot of distance where we live in McKenzie County and time is of the essence to get to these people so it's nice to find out what other counties are doing as far as search and rescue and the ambulance and those kind, and our firemen as well." says Jerry Samuelson, McKenzie Co. Emergency Manager.

Samuelson says they're working to grow their social media presence.

Just one thing people in his industry are working on this September which is Emergency Preparedness month.

County emergency managers from across the state are in Bismarck for an Emergency Management conference.

They will hear from a speaker from Joplin, Missouri, who will talk about a tornado in 2011, and they will hear from a finance director from Minot about their flood recovery.

Overall, these people work to keep people safe and informed during the most disastrous of times.

"We try to capture on like the Minot flood recovery and how they went through their recovery process because it's certainly adaptable to other communities in our state, and certainly with the Joplin tornados, they had a really bad outbreak there and certainly that can happen here on the same scale there or even a smaller scale so a disaster's a disaster's a disaster, you can learn something from all of them." says Mary Senger, Burleigh Co. Emergency Manager.

According to Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, since 2009 North Dakota has had 12 presidential disaster declarations, all of them weather-related.

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