BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and state officials today unveiled a new website and related social media sites designed to provide information during issues of significant public impact and involving a multi-agency response. NDResponse.gov supports response and recovery coordination with state and local agencies in each county and tribal nation within North Dakota.
“It is vitally important for the citizens of North Dakota to have resources for timely and accurate information on events such as the Dakota Access Pipeline and potential spring flooding,” Burgum said. “Our coordinated effort will ensure that a consistent, factual message reaches the citizens of North Dakota, reducing confusion, combating rumors and myths, and providing the public with the information they need to be best prepared for whatever situation arises.”
In the event of major events impacting North Dakota citizens, the state will use NDResponse.gov as a single source for accurate and timely information. Currently, the website will provide information on the response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest events and potential spring 2017 flooding.
“North Dakota has a great tradition of agencies coming together in times of crisis and natural disaster. We want to reinforce all of the great efforts by our agencies and highlight the dedicated work done by our first responders,” the governor said. “These efforts in coordination with our Joint Information Center – a collection of communications staff from various state agencies – will continue to ensure a consistent and accurate message moving forward to better inform our citizens and battle misinformation.”
NDResponse.gov will also include a media resources section with photos, videos and a press contact request form.
The North Dakota Joint Information Center provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities.