Agency Contingency Planning

On October 6, 2017, Governor Doug Burgum, signed Executive Order 2017-17 directing state entities to implement continuity of operations plans (COOP) in compliance with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). The development of the COOPs will assist state entities to prepare for any type of incident or event that may occur. The State of North Dakota utilizes Assurance Continuity Manager (AssuranceCM) and the Assurance Notification Manager (AssuranceNM) to aid state entities in their planning efforts.


AssuranceCM is the continuity manager that the State of North Dakota utilizes to develop COOPs.


AssuranceNM is the emergency notification system used by the State of North Dakota and the North Dakota University System to provide important information.

Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)

The State of North Dakota is pursuing national accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.

The Risk Management Division and North Dakota Department of Emergency Services is guiding state agencies through the development of continuity of operations plans (COOP) and continuum of government plans (COG).

EMAP, an independent non-profit organization, is a voluntary accreditation program that is designed as a tool for continuous improvement. EMAP fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs by establishing credible standards applied in a peer review assessment and accreditation process.

Accreditation requires the participation of multiple partners to ensure compliance with 64 EMAP Standard areas. Our state’s emergency management network receives strong support from local and tribal emergency managers, more than 50 state agencies, non-governmental agencies and the private sector.

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