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Winter Weather Home and Away

An emergency supply kit should include a three-day supply of food and water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra flashlights and batteries. Thoroughly check and update your family’s emergency supply kit and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather:

  • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways;
  • Sand to improve traction;
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment;
  • And adequate clothing and blankets to help keep you warm.
  • Ensure your family preparedness plan and contacts are up to date and exercise your plan. Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government, and ensure your home and car are prepared for the winter weather.
  • An alternate heat source that is safe for indoor use. http://campsafe.org/2014/02/07/hello-world-2/

Finally, everyone should get familiar with the terms that are used to identify a winter storm hazard and discuss with your family what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. Terms used to describe a winter storm hazard include the following:

  • Freezing Rain creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
  • Sleet is rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes roads to freeze and become slippery.
  • Winter Weather Advisory means cold, ice and snow are expected.
  • Winter Storm Watch means severe weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two.
  • Winter Storm Warning means severe winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.

Text to 911

How to text 911

  • enter 911 into the “to” field
  • text your exact location and type of emergency
  • send the message
  • promptly answer questions and follow instructions
  • use simple words
  • do not use abbreviations, emojis, pictures or slang (IDK, thnx, 2day, btw)
  • do not text and drive

Texting 911 may be the first contact for 

  • individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or those with speech impediments
  • in pressure situations when someone must remain quiet to remain safe
  • a discreet way to report domestic violence, home invasions, human trafficking, and suicidal
  • anyone who cannot safely make a voice call

Summer Weather

Summer safety is not something we often think about, especially following a cold winter when all we want to do is be outdoors!

Some of the things that everyone should consider though is keeping everyone safe and having a plan for when an emergency strikes.Check these tips from Ready.gov on thunderstorms, tornado, heat, and all the other dangers that summer weather can bring.

This is always a good time to test your own plans, and to check in to the plans of work, school, daycare.

Update the copies of your important papers, prescriptions, banking and insurance. Make sure you have all recently practiced your family and/or work communications plans.

Be safe, educate yourself, practice your plan.

Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week-Apr 29-May 3, 2019

Summer will come, so will storms!

Please see the information below to ready your family, business or group, for SEVERE SUMMER WEATHER

Now is the time to make a plan, restock emergency supplies, purchase an all-hazards alert radio, and be ready to act when threatening weather approaches our area. Please read and share this information with your family, friends and coworkers. The time spent now just may save a life later.

Tornado Drill HOW-TO

Weeks before the drill

  • Prepare
  • Inform staff, students, residents, parents, neighbors, whoever you are involving.
  • Review and refine a tornado plan.
  • The day of the drill
  • After 8:00 a.m.
  • Consider a tornado watch to be in effect
  • Announce watch to participants.
  • Designate authority (coordinator).
  • Evacuate tornado vulnerable areas.
  • 10:10 a.m.
  • Tornado warning
  • Receive message.
  • Coordinator determines threat.
  • 10:20 a.m.
  • Upon determination of immediate threat, give “take
  • shelter” or “duck and cover” command (depending on
  • space available at location). Implement your plan that
  • you have prepared in advance
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Termination of Watch and Warning
  • Give instructions to return to normal activities.
  • Terminate the drill as you see fit.
  • After the Drill Wrap up
  • Following the drill, assess and revise plan as needed.
  • Learn from the process and put the lessons learned into your plan.

NOAA Alert Radio

It’s the middle of the night and you are sound asleep in your bed. Outside lightening lights up the sky and there is the rumble of thunder in the distance.

You have a NOAA Alert Radio by your bed, this insures peace of mind so you can sleep that sound sleep. It has been correctly programmed and you know this because the weekly test has been coming through.

All of the sudden you hear the loud “Waah, waah, waah” of the radio alarm, you reach over to turn it up and you hear a tornado warning for Cavalier County and the threat is in your area. You wake your family and put your plan into action. Taking them to the safe area that you have pre-determined, your radio is battery powered and you routinely check the batteries, so you take it with you. This along with the portable radio that is in your safe area already will help you to stay informed of the path and progress of the storm.

Is this a bad situation to be in? Certainly, but you are prepared. You and your family have an excellent chance of surviving unharmed. However, most people do not have the lifesaving information that a NOAA Alert Radio can give them. This radio can be purchased for under $40.00 and gives you the ability to receive the broadcast from the Grand Forks National Weather Service office. The NWS meteorologists are watching the weather 24 hours a day, every day. Sophisticated radars and other technology help them decide when to issue watches and warnings. When the decision is made, the message is broadcast immediately to your NOAA radio to alert you to the danger.

NOAA radios are no longer just “weather radios”. They are “alert radios”, NWS staff work closely with Emergency Management agency’s all across the nation to provide other emergency messages such as, wildfire, or hazards chemical releases in your area. Emergency managers along with Law Enforcement, and government administrators will use NOAA Alert radios to broadcast any information on evacuations, or shelter in place instructions (in case of a chemical release, many are inhalation hazards, this alert could save your life, opening  your door and allows in whatever chemical is out there).

NOAA Alert radios are manufactured by several companies are sold in many stores and are available for purchase on the Web. I would recommend that you buy an Alert radio with the Public Alert TM designation. This means that the radio can be programmed to alerts that are only important to you. This is also known as S.A.M.E. (specific area messaging encoding) technology. Set the radio with the Cavalier County code of 038019 and you will only receive the threats that affect our area. An added bonus to an Alert radio is that when it’s not warning you, you can turn it on and listen to the forecast at any time (handy for golfing, fishing etc.).

There are so many things that you can’t be warned about, why take the chance on something that you can?

Here is a great site!


Stay safe and have a great summer.

Don’t forget to put batteries in your weather radios!

Please take the time to make a plan for yourself, family or business! Links are above, information is listed under prepare and business continuity you will find pertinent information.