Evacuation

Issuing an evacuation order

As the City focuses on keeping the public safe during incidents, the need to evacuate areas of town may occur because the fire or police department has determined that a hazard is too dangerous to have the public remain in the area. In that case, they will initiate an evacuation order or advisory. These are given to ensure the safe movement of people out of harm's way.

During an evacuation order 

When announcements are made, please follow the provided instructions exactly to reduce confusion and eliminate redirecting resources. Every precaution will be taken to secure the areas that are evacuated. 

Once the area is stabilized from the hazard you may be allowed to return to your home. In this circumstance, you should have verification of residency such as a driver's license with your current address or a utility bill.

During incidents, you should pay attention to local media and officials for accurate information and advisories about a potential evacuation.

Emergency Services Registry

About the registry

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) has a North Dakota Special Needs Registry (NDSNR) that provides a process and awareness for first responders for vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include the elderly, persons with disabilities, small children, and those unable to evacuate without assistance. 

Joining the registry

Fill out a NDSNR registration form to register yourself or others you may feel need special assistance during evacuations. This allows emergency services to better serve these populations during disasters. The personal information in the database is completely confidential and will not be shared with the public.

Benefits of registry

Registration in the NDSNR database is not a guarantee emergency services will be provided to registrants or that registrants will be placed on a priority list for emergency responders. Registration is intended to provide first responders with the information needed to adequately plan for and respond to disasters. Preparedness information will also be provided so registrants will be able to help themselves in an emergency.