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The Emergency Operations Planning program advances
local, regional and state strategies, projects and capabilities
that are directly related to relevant, identified threats,
hazards and potential risks. 


These efforts assist Northwest Minnesota with disaster
preparation, prevention, response and recovery, as well as
keeping areas secure from hazards/acts of terrorism in
order to ensure a more resilient region.

Service Area

This program provides services for the following 14 counties: Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman,
Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. This service area also includes the Red Lake Nation and the White Earth Nation.


Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Region 3 Joint Powers Board
Northwest Minnesota has a 14-county Joint Powers Board, made up of Emergency Management Directors and related partners, that receives grant funding for this program from the Homeland Security Grant Program. The 2021 Annual Report can be viewed for additional information on regional activity.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)
A division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. For additional information, please visit their website

Northwest Minnesota

Preparedness and planning for disastrous events involves everyone, and multiple partners are involved. This is the essence of a whole community planning approach: people working together to keep the nation safe, resilient and prepared. 



Projects completed help to support multiple planning and preparedness activities as well as projects that build and sustain the prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient 
nation. Multiple plans, exercises, training events and have been supported and completed in NW Minnesota. 


The Northwest Regional Development Commission has been working with members of the HSEM Region 3 Joint Powers Board since 2007 on planning, training and exercise events funded primarily through the Homeland Security Grant Program. The general focus evolves annually, partially depending on state and federal requirements as well as regional need.  The current focus for 2022 revolves around terrorism prevention and preparedness activities and COVID-19 needs. 

 Jennifer Olson 
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Emergency Operations Planning Director  |  (218) 745-9114

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The NWRDC has been a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador since 2018

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