DALRYMPLE AGAIN PRESSES FEMA FOR EMERGENCY STATUS
BISMARCK, N.D. - Governor Jack Dalrymple today again pressed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get approval for North Dakota's long-standing request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration.
"In years past, we have received the Presidential Emergency Declaration weeks before major flooding occurred," Dalrymple said. "Despite our repeated requests for help in fighting this year's flooding we have not yet received the declaration."
The presidential declaration would make federal resources available to state, local and tribal jurisdictions as they implement protective measures and provide rescue assistance during the flood.
Below is the timeline of actions taken to secure the presidential declaration:
Feb. 10 - Governor Dalrymple issued an executive order, declaring a statewide flood emergency. The order, based on significant threats of spring flooding, makes North Dakota eligible for a Presidential Emergency Declaration.
Feb. 25 - State emergency management officials, working with FEMA, complete an emergency declaration request. The complete and standing request was signed by Governor Dalrymple and forwarded to FEMA.
Feb. 26 to April 4 - State officials provided FEMA with regular updates and urged approval of the emergency declaration.
Feb. 28 - Governor Dalrymple meets with FEMA director Craig Fugate in Washington, D.C. Fugate informs the governor that North Dakota is considered the number one spring flood threat in the United States.
April 5 - State officials provided FEMA with a written update that includes the latest information about state flood threats.
April 6 - Governor Dalrymple continued to press FEMA to send federal assistance. FEMA dispatches an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to North Dakota to assist the state Emergency Operations Center.