State says it will aid protesters in a storm •

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fargo, n.d.» The head of North Dakota’s emer­gency man­age­ment ser­vices says the state is pre­pared to re­spond to Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line protesters who may need help dur­ing a win­ter storm or some other cri­sis.

State Home­land Se­cu­rity direc­tor Greg Wilz said it would be a “huge chal­lenge,” es­pe­cially dur­ing a mass evac­u­a­tion, but his of­fice has win­ter shel­ter plans in place and var­i­ous agen­cies are ready to re­spond.

“The bot­tom line here is, if we are in a sit­u­a­tion of life and limb, we are go­ing to be hu­mane in any­thing and ev­ery­thing we do,” Wilz said. “We aren’t go­ing to let some­body out there freeze. So if they start evac­u­at­ing en masse look­ing for shel­ter — which I highly sus­pect will hap­pen — we would take care of that.”

The gov­ern­ment has or­dered hun­dreds of protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Coun­cil Fires camp, on fed­eral land in south­ern North Dakota by Mon­day.

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