Emergency Planning

An excellent tabletop exercise involving Langdon Area Schools, Law Enforcement, Dispatch, Fire, EMS, Public Health and the hospital took place recently.

No pictures were taken, but there were over 50 caring people in attendance at the exercise, working to make schools safer for our youth and staff.

Tabletop exercises are discussion based scenarios, that involve going through plans that are developed, coordinating with others plans and enhancing everyone’s, with additional planning for the gaps or shortfalls that were identified during the exercise. It is a time to share ideas, best practices, and also to get to know everyone’s capabilities.

Thank you to all who were a part of this. Have fun enhancing your plans!

Here is a link to some great resources

HOW DOES COLD AFFECT YOUR HEART?

It’s important to know how cold weather can affect your heart, especially if you have cardiovascular disease.

Many people don’t realize how much they exert themselves when they are not conditioned for it simply by walking through snow. Even those that are accustomed to being outdoors in winter can accidentally suffer hypothermia if certain precautions are not taken.

Hypothermia means the body temperature has fallen below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It occurs when your body can’t produce enough energy to keep the internal body temperature warm enough. It can kill you. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia. Symptoms include lack of coordination, mental confusion, slowed reactions, shivering and sleepiness.

Children, our elderly and those with heart disease are at higher risk. As we age we seem to become almost immune to feeling moderately cold conditions, we can suffer hypothermia without realizing the danger.

People with heart disease often suffer chest pain or discomfort when they’re in cold weather. Some studies suggest that harsh winter weather may increase a person’s risk of heart attack due to overexertion.

It’s not just cold temperatures, high winds, snow and dampness can also cause the body to lose warmth. Wind is especially dangerous, because it removes the layer of heated air from around your body. Similarly, dampness causes the body to lose heat faster than it would at the same temperature in drier conditions.

To keep warm, wear layers of clothing. This traps air between layers, forming a protective insulation. Also, cover your head. Heat is lost through your head, ears are especially prone to frostbite. Keep your hands and feet warm, too, as they  lose heat quickly.

Don’t drink alcoholic beverages before going outdoors or when outside. Alcohol gives an initial feeling of warmth, because blood vessels in the skin expand. Heat is then drawn away from the body’s vital organs.

 

Ahhhh, Sorry Computer Got Confused!

Posting things online can be a bit haphazard at times. This morning when posting the weather forecast the old graphics displayed. 3-5 inches of snow, yelp! No, we’re in for up to one inch…

That being stated, It would be great if everyone would put a Winter Survival Kit in all of their vehicles. I know my children, young adults that they are, still have a bit of the it won’t happen to me syndrome. Last year I gave them the necessary essentials for Christmas.. If you need to know some good recommendations on what to put in yours or your loved ones, click the link in the right column or go to Ready.gov for more information. Also, for road reports go to http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/

 

November 4-8 is Winter Weather Awareness Week

If you are into being prepared like I am, on this site you will find handy items that you need to know, have, or do, to survive a winter in North Dakota. I love ND, but winters are truly harsh sometimes.

And from Wikipedia here is information on Carbon Monoxide detectors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_monoxide_detector

I hope the snow doesn’t fly for awhile, but you never know. So be prepared to handle it!

 

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.

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.

Links to Ready.gov Winter Preparedness

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

The Ready site link above has so much great winter preparedness information. It is proven that those that have a plan have a much better chance of surviving severe winter weather. So go ahead, click the link, make a plan. Have a Happy 2014!!

winter driving

FIRE EMERGENCY DECLARATION INFORMATION

This morning at the regularly scheduled meeting, the Cavalier County Commission enacted unanimously, a burn ban for the entire county. This burn ban is linked to the North Dakota Rangeland Fire Danger Index when it is in the High, Very High, or Extreme categories and/or there is a Red Flag Warning. No burning, to include a ban on campfires and garbage burning is allowed in the county when the fire index falls within these categories.

Information on the Fire Danger Index will be on local radio each morning and is also available at:

www.nd.gov/des or http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/ and click Fire Weather in the left column.

If you do not have internet access you may call Cavalier County Dispatch at 701-256-2555 for the daily Fire Index information.

The penalty for violation of this burn ban is a class B Misdemeanor (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1: Maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1000.00 fine).

Please, be wise, use good judgement, our firefighters are volunteers, attend your fires.

For a controlled burn at any time; call Cavalier County Dispatch to report when you begin burning, stay and watch your fire, you are responsible for it. Use caution and have items on hand to control it. If a fire gets out of control, call 911 immediately. Call dispatch again when the fire is out.

According to the County Declaration: You can not burn when the fire index is in the High, Very High or Extreme categories, or if the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, you can access the fire index here.

A RED FLAG Warning means the the firefighters are to be on the alert, do not burn during a red flag warning.

Read the guide available at the link below for more information.

http://www.nd.gov/des/uploads/resources/154/brochure-ruralfiredangerguide.pdf

Maintain your kit once it’s built!

It’s important to maintain your kit once you put it together! Here’s the link

http://www.ready.gov/maintaining-your-kit

Free assistance with Business Continuity Planning

Here are some free resources for preparing your business! Scroll down once you are at the link to see past Webinars

 

http://www.wtoc.com/story/19376716/sba-offers-free-workshops-during-national-preparedness-month