Pembina Gorge Search & Rescue

On July 13th 2015, at 5:30 in the evening, 40 people turned out for a search and rescue exercise in the Pembina Gorge. Responders set up command at the trail head to the North Dakota Park & Recreation, off-highway vehicle trail system ,

Responder departments included, Walhalla Fire, Langdon Fire and Rescue, ND Park and Recreation, ND Game and Fish, U.S. Border Patrol, Langdon and Walhalla EMS, Pembina County Emergency Communications (HAM radio). The responders were tasked with locating a missing person, in rugged terrain, with little to no communication between them.

Pembina Gorge Search and Rescue Exercise 7.13.2015

The exercise was extremely successful since all of us walked away having learned from it, along with an appreciation of what each group can bring to an emergency. The “victim” a mannequin, was found within two hours, with an additional 1/2 hour extrication from the gorge. Very hard work on a hot evening. Thank you to all of the hard working people that serve our citizens, and a big shout out to the Dakotas Region, Red Cross, for your support, hydration and food. Thank you!

Exciting Weather? Do You Have a Plan?

Following this past weekends weather, the question comes to mind of how many plans we need to have in place.

When there is a celebration in a town, are you aware of where the shelters are located? Basements in businesses uptown in Langdon or other towns can be used as shelters from severe summer weather.

 

 

If your children aren’t with you, do you have a plan and has it been shared and practiced with them? What happens when the sirens sound? Where should we all meet up so we know everyone is safe? Do your kids know what to do, where to go? Do they have a safe home if you aren’t available?

 

All of these examples are reasons that planning is a necessary part of life. I would love to be able to say that nothing bad will ever happen, if I did though, I would be wrong, so terribly wrong.

Make a plan, share it and practice it. You may save a life. A life of someone you love.

Summer Storms and Other Shelter Needs

According to Ready.gov how to shelter depends on the hazard you are sheltering from.
I’ll use two hazards from our Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan: Tornado/Wind Storm and Hazardous Materials.
During a tornado we all know that you should shelter in a basement, or on the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Practice this with your family so everyone knows that when your NOAA all hazard radio announces a tornado warning, you all head for the designated shelter area. I personally recommend having items ready to grab on days when storms are forecast. Put entertainment items such as books or games, snack items and water on the steps leading down to the shelter. That way you don’t have to search for them and you’ll have something to do while you wait out the storm.

For hazardous materials release we still shelter indoors but you would take extra precautions to keep the contamination from getting into your home.
Here is information from Ready.gov on SEALING A ROOM.
As always, pass this information along to friends, neighbors, family. Do drills to make these actions routine. You never know what calamity could strike, when. STAY SAFE!

Sprinter

The title of this post describes the season that we have been having here in NE North Dakota.

A variable season took its toll on those that farm the land, on vegetable gardens, and on trees when temperatures dipped down into the 20’s to kill emerging crops, and buds.

We aren’t the warmest place on earth but usually by this time of the year we can tell what season we are supposed to be in!

Some of the producers are on their third go around for putting the seeds in the ground, huge profit loss for an already risky business. Have to love the folks that are willing to take those risks to feed all of us! It must be true what they say about the three choices in life, especially when it comes to farming in years like this one:

You can; give in, give up or give it all you’ve got!

I hope the coming summer and fall is not as unsettled as this spring/winter has been.

Pets? Include Them in your Plans!

PLANNING AHEAD

PLAN

Plan your pet’s evacuation prior to the disaster to include asking others familiar with your pets to assist in the event you’re not able to. Let your vet know if someone else is authorized to make decisions regarding your pet’s care (i.e. surgery). Make sure your pet has current ID and vaccination tags and is *micro-chipped if possible. Fill out Pet Emergency Wallet card and Pet ID/Medical Information cards

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Find a safe place for your pet ahead of time; make a contact list of hotels, motels, relatives and friends who will accept your pet as well as animal shelters and boarding kennels both in and out of the immediate area. Pet-friendly hotel chains by state can be found at http://www.1clickpethotels.com/.

PET KITS

Prepare a portable pet disaster supplies kit in a waterproof container in advance that contains the following:
Sturdy leashes/harnesses
Portable kennel (large enough for pet to stand up and turn around)
Medications (30-day supply)
Medical records
First aid kit, including vet contact info and an authorization to treat your pets
Current pet photos (in case they get lost)
30-day supply of food and potable water
Food and water bowls
Copy of living arrangement contact list
Cat litter/pan
“Pooper Scooper”/baggies
Manual can opener
Brush or comb
Familiar toy, catnip, chews, owner scent (something familiar to comfort)
Dog tie-outs
Feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior information and the name of your vet in case you have to foster or board your pets or your pet needs medical attention.
*Microchipping is a safe, effective way to permanently identify your pet. A tiny computer chip about the size of a grain of rice is injected just under the pet’s skin, just like a vaccination. The chip number and owner information is entered into an international computer database. Animal hospitals, shelters and humane societies across the country use scanners to detect the chip and contact the owner. Simply call the registry with any updates.

AS DISASTER APPROACHES

CONTACT/EVACUATE

Use your contact list to determine where to go; evacuate early, taking your pets with you if at all possible. Don’t leave them stranded and helpless, not knowing when you’ll be able to return to them.

ID

Make sure your pet is wearing securely fastened, current ID tags. Put adhesive tape on the back of the tag with a friend/relative’s contact info outside the immediate area if you can’t be reached.

KIT

Bring your preassembled waterproof portable pet disaster kit.

RETURNING HOME

OUTSIDE

Don’t allow your pets to roam loose outside the house; they may get lost or hurt if area has been damaged.

INSIDE

Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house for a few days. If house is damaged, they could get hurt or escape and become lost.

BEHAVIOR

Be patient and loving and try to get them back into their normal routine as soon as possible. Understand that they’ve been through an ordeal, too.
The information in this article was derived from the below websites. We encourage you to visit them for more detailed information.
http://www.hsus.org/ (search word – emergency or disaster)
http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/animalsafety.html (Animal Safety-Pets and Disaster: Be Prepared)
http://www.americanhumane.org/ (Animal Emergency Services)
http://www.avma.org/disaster/default.asp#events (Saving the Whole Family–downloadable brochure)
http://cyberpet.com/cats/articles/general/artad1c.htm (Why animal disaster preparedness?)
http://cyberpet.com/cats/articles/general/artad2c.htm (Providing for your animals’ needs during disaster times)
http://cyberpet.com/cats/articles/general/artad3c.htm (Animal behavior before and after disasters)
Thank you to Ward County Emergency Management for all of the above information