North Dakota

North Dakota Valley
At a Glance
  • State Population: 779,261
  • Local Health Departments: 28
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Flooding, Fires
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2016: Civil Unrest (Dakota Access Pipeline); 2014: Fires
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $5,210,000
    FY 2021: $5,210,000
    FY 2020: $5,169,900
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding
    Mpox 2023 funding: $181,780
    COVID-19 2021 funding: $5,457,007
    COVID-19 2020 funding: $4,567,500
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorians: 2
  • Educators: 1
  • Other: 13*

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  2. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
  3. Emergency Operations Coordination
  4. Community Recovery
  5. Community Preparedness
Stories from the Field
North Dakota Protest
Keeping People Safe during Protest

In 2016 and 2017, as many as 10,000 protesters camped near the construction site of a crude oil transport pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. This created sanitation, public safety, and health concerns. Tribal emergency management authorities requested assistance from the state health department with potable water, first aid supplies, and risk communication. After fulfilling this initial response, the state health department joined a much larger response on behalf of the North Dakota Emergency Management System. PHEP funds allowed North Dakota state health officials to coordinate the provision of these supplies to the protesters and responders, as well as communicate any immediate health risks.