Emergency Management

Emergency Management

Emergency Manager:  Haley Velk – hvelk@blainecounty-mt.gov
Deputy Emergency Manager:  Mitch Haider
Administrative Assistant:  Laurie Huestis – lhuestis@blainecounty-mt.gov

Location:
420 Ohio Street
PO Box 576
Chinook, MT. 59523
406-357-3310 (phone)
406-357-2095 (fax)

Hours:
8 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday

The mission of the Emergency Management or Disaster and Emergency Services (D.E.S.) office is to minimize loss of life and personal injury, damage to property and the environment from disasters, both natural and man-made.

We strive to accomplish this through a program of coordination, planning, training, and exercising, for all hazards. Partnerships and coordination are the key factor in establishing an effective program.

Emergency Management activities are divided into four phases; mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. These four phases that make up the Emergency Management field are based on national standards. It is important to note that each community’s emergency management program will differ.

Activities in the Mitigation Phase are intended to eliminate or reduce the chance of recurrence or the effects of a disaster.

The Preparedness Phase sometimes referred to as the Planning Phase, addresses how Blaine County will respond to a disaster in our community that can’t be mitigated.

The Response Phase occurs immediately after an incident for which we are providing direct assistance to the community, and for which we are coordinating the activities of local governments with state and federal agencies.

The Recovery Phase runs from the end of the Response Phase until activities are back to normal.

An Important part of the preparedness and response phases is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). The LEPC is a group made up of representatives of public and private agencies. It meets the third Monday of each month at 11:30 AM in the Emergency Coordination Center on the second floor of the courthouse to coordinate plans, training, exercises and responses to all hazards in the county.

This service is mandated by State Law (10 – 3 – 401 MCA) and is provided to the City and County by mutual aid agreement.

Volunteer Emergency Responders:
Blaine County has 3 volunteer Ambulance Crews located in Turner, Harlem, and Chinook.
Blaine County has 6 volunteer Fire Departments located in Hogeland, Turner, Harlem, Chinook, South Blaine and Lloyd.

The 911/ Rural Addressing:
The 911/ Rural Addressing and GIS Mapping duties are also managed in this office.

Blaine County updated its rural route and HCR/box number addresses to locatable physical addresses in 2005 to assist emergency personnel in locating residents that call 9-1-1.

When moving to, buying or building a new home in Blaine County, or if you need your address verified, please contact our office to get an address assigned. The utility companies need a rural address in order to hook up the power, gas and telephone lines to the property. It works best to obtain your address before you need these services installed.

Please use your address exactly as it is given to you; do not put RT or BOX in front of the number or alter it in any way.

All owners of structures that have been addressed shall, display and maintain in a conspicuous place on the structure, the assigned numbers as soon as possible in the following manner: Where the residence or structure is within 50 (fifty) feet of the edge of the road right-of-way, the assigned number shall be displayed on the residence or structure visible from the roadway. Where the residence or structure is over 50 (fifty) feet from the edge of the road right-of-way, the assigned number shall be displayed on a post, fence, wall, the mail box, or on some structure at the property line next to the walk or access drive to the residence or structure. Numbers shall be displayed in a color and size visible from the road.  Every person whose duty is to display the assigned number shall remove any different number that might be mistaken for, or confused with, the number assigned.  It is also important for all residents to know your address in the event that emergency service responders are requested.  A good way to do this is to post the assigned number and road name next to your telephone for emergency reference.

GIS Mapping:
The Blaine County GIS Committee collects and maintains GIS data for a number of County assets. Many of the GIS layers are available for viewing on the Interactive Maps portion of our Website.

Blaine County utilizes ESRI ArcGIS software, Trimble and Garmin GPS units, and a Canon plotter and printer. Data is stored in both “shapefile” and geodatabase formats. Statewide data is available online through the NRIS Geographic Information Clearinghouse.

Links:

Social Media

Blaine County Health Department Facebook Page

News

The Blaine County Journal News-Opinion

Havre Daily

Preparedness

Ready.gov

Red Cross

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

FEMA

Weather

National Weather Service – Great Falls

National Weather Service

NOAA

Weather-Ready Nation

Thunderstorms

Winter Weather

Drought

Flooding

Flood Safety – NOAA – Montana

Turn Around Don’t Drown

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service – Great Falls NWS

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service – USA

Bureau of Reclamation – Great Plains Region – Montana Lakes and Reservoirs

Government of Canada – Real Time Hydrometric Data Map – Saskatchewan

USGS Water Resources – Current Conditions for Montana Stream Flow

USGS Water Watch – Map of Flood and High Flow Conditions for Montana