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On January 20, 2021 we will be rolling out a New Way to become CERT Certified on-line with a hands on course to follow the on-line courses. We have an amazing Community of people and this will expand on what our community volunteers can do in case of a disaster. You honestly will be able to help more than your community, you will be able to help your own family in instances you were not able to before, your neighborhood if it were to have been hit first. Please call if you have any questions. I look forward to working with all that join. Together we will keep McKenzie County Strong. Please email kjappe@co.mckenzie.nd.us with your name, phone number. If you have questions, you're welcome to call 701.444.7483. I can't wait to share this program with you all.  

To sign up for the online CERT classes, copy and paste the following link: 

These classes are free!  You do need to register with us first, then you will be given a link to sign up for the classes.

Follow our CERT Facebook page or click here CERT  or the link on the left for information as well. 


Did your New Year's resolutions include Emergency Preparedness?  It should!  Now is the perfect time to start learning how to be prepared for any disaster that may happen.  Resolve to be Ready! Check back often to learn more! 

Living in North Dakota we need to be prepared for the What-ifs!  What if a major snowstorm knocks out your power for a few days.  Are you prepared?  Do you have a well stocked pantry?  You do not need to spend an arm and a leg stocking your pantry.  You can do it it little, by little. Here is a great link that explains that. 

We have been pretty lucky this year by having such a mild winter.  That doesn't mean we can let our guard down! We still need to prepare for the worst.  The old saying goes..."wait 10 minutes."  It is winter and it is January!  Typically January is one of our coldest months.  All the more reason to be prepared! The best way to stay ahead of the game is keep an eye on the weather reports!  National Weather Service. 


We need to be prepared, not scared! 


There is so much good information out there, and as department heads and community leaders for all of McKenzie County it is absolutely essential that we continue to endorse accurate information to prevent undue panic from the community. 


If you or someone you know are having respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) please call one of the following:


Anova 701.842.6400


Urgent Care 701.842.6470


McKenzie County Hospital  701.842.3000

  MCHS is following state and national guidelines and is restricting visitation at the nursing home and the assisted living facility only to immediate family members of residents who are at end of life. 


At this time we would recommend cancelling or rescheduling any large meetings, asking the public to limit courthouse visits to absolute necessity, and we will put any new information on the McKenzie County Emergency Management Facebook page. 


 There is a Toll free Public Health hotline: 866-207-2880 


Karolin Jappe 

McKenzie County Emergency Manager 

201 5th Street NW Watford City, ND 58854

Office: 701.444.7483 Cell: 701.580.6936

Mission Statement

Emergency Management is an ongoing effort to keep you, the residents of McKenzie County, SAFE!

Emergency Management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters by using mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery processes. This is accomplished by coordinating with others in emergency response, government, private sector and community stakeholders.

We have a few leaflets and brochures available in Spanish.  

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