Emergency Management


The State Emergency Management Exercise Program provides exercise support to local governments, state agencies, volunteer organization, and in certain situations, private enterprises. Assistance is provided in developing, conducting, and evaluating exercises. The Office's approach is all-hazard, with special emphasis on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, severe weather awareness, and hazardous materials. The Office focuses equally on assisting local jurisdictions, state agencies, and other organizations in exercising plans pertaining to all natural hazards, including floods, fires, tornados, high winds, and winter storms. Exercises are designed to address the response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation phases of emergency management and have the ultimate goal of saving lives, minimizing property damage, and reducing the impacts of these hazards on the state's environment and economy.

State and local jurisdictions and volunteer organizations are provided training and assistance in designing exercises to test their emergency plans. Cities and counties in South Dakota prepare for large and small-scale emergencies through comprehensive disaster exercise programs. Local jurisdictions accepting Emergency Management Programs Grants - State and Local Agreement (EMPG-SLA) funding through the Office of Emergency Management are to design, conduct, evaluate, and report at least on functional or full-scale exercise during the fiscal year.

Technical Assistance

Staff from OEM are available to assist our state's cities, counties, and state agencies with the design and evaluation of emergency management exercises that ensure preparedness, communication, planning and cooperation exist for all hazards. This assistance comes most often in the form of site visits or may involve technical review of written exercise design products.

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