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Emergency Operations

Eagles Nest Emergency Management / ENCEP

Emergency management - despite its name, does not actually manage emergencies, which can be minor events with limited impacts or they can be life-changing events that affect the entire community.

Like the ‘Preparedness” cycle on the left, Emergency Management works to analyze the RISKS that could befall our community – work with our community to MITIGATE (or lessen the impact of) those risks, RESPOND to emergencies or disaster and then help the community RECOVER from the disaster.  Many times the Recovery phase takes the longest amount of time to complete.

In Eagles Nest Township, Emergency Management is part of the Eagles Nest Fire Department (ENFD) and is also known as “ENCEP” – the “Eagles Nest Committee for Emergency Preparedness.” 

Started in 2017, ENCEP has a cadre of volunteer Road Ambassadors that work with the neighbors on ‘their’ roads to keep our residents informed and prepared.  Originally based on the old ‘game of telephone,’ the plan was that in the event of an emergency, the Fire Chief would call the Road Ambassadors and the Road Ambassadors would call their neighbors.  Since the original plan was developed, we’ve expanded our horizons.

Today, ENCEP has 25 volunteer road ambassadors and our own two-way radio system. And with Eagles Nest Township having 23 dead-end roads, Wildfire is our biggest risk.  It’s the reason we put so much time and effort into fire prevention.  That means that we continually ask our residents to clear out dead and dying trees on your property – keep that 30’ defensible space around your home or cabin clear of pine needles and brush. 

Wildfire is also the reason we host numerous opportunities to dispose of brush by either providing community dumpsters or road-side chipping/haul-away events.  Watch this website for dates that we’ll have events you can use to make your home WILDFIRE RESILIENT.   And the work that Eagles Nest Township has done so far has brought us recognition as a Firewise Community – meaning we are eligible to receive grant funding to continue our work at keeping our community safe. 

Wildfire is also the biggest reason we practice evacuation.  No one wants to leave their home during a disaster, but we live in the woods and houses can be rebuilt, lives cannot.  When we practice an evacuation on your road, please take part – that practice could save your life.

Now, here comes the really important part; We can’t do any of this work without you!  If you would like to participate with ENCEP, want more information about serving as a Road Ambassador, Reserve Road Ambassador, or want more information on ENCEP and the Emergency Management Operations of Eagles Nest, please contact:

Michael Ostlund, CEM - Emergency Managment Director     612.839.6501    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


Keely Drange - Deputy Emergency Management Director     218.365.4573    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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