Your Address, Cell Phones and 911

Cavalier County is addressed according to the Modified Burkle Address rules. What this means, is that the county mile lines running north and south are Avenues, the mile lines running east and west are Streets. If you live on the north or west side, your address will end in an odd number, on the east or south an even number. The street numbers begin at 78 St. and get larger as you go north and the avenues start at 77 Ave. and get larger as you go east.

Your address should coincide with where you live in the mile, miles have been divided into 1/100th intervals, so if you are on the east side of 98 Ave, on as an example 80 St.,  1/2 mile up the road, your address should be 9850 80 St. NE.

If you notice that you are not addressed properly, please feel free to call my office at any time.

This applies to homes in the rural areas, cities and towns have their own addressing rules.

If you are in doubt about your address please contact this office at 256-3911


When calling 911 from the road, please keep your cellular phone by the window or dash or step just outside of the door.

Satellites need to send a signal to the GPS chip in your phone only then, can 911 dispatchers  capture your location.

Shelter in Place from

When evacuation to shelters is either inappropriate or impossible, you may be asked to stay where you are. This could be something as simple as just staying in your home or place of employment, while officials clear a hazard, or it could require more active steps, taken during emergencies involving contaminated air.

Identify a room with the fewest doors and windows to shelter in place. Try to provide at least 10 square feet per person.

When officials ask you to shelter in place, act quickly and follow the instructions. Your highest priority is to get to a safe indoor location. You most likely will be in your “safe room” for no more than a few hours. Once inside:Whether you are at home, work or elsewhere, there may be situations when it’s simply best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside.
There may be circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as “sealing the room,” is a matter of survival.
Use common sense and available information to assess the situation and determine if there is immediate danger. If you see large amounts of debris in the air, or if local authorities say the air is badly contaminated, you may want to take this kind of action.
The process used to seal the room is considered a temporary protective measure to create a barrier between you and potentially contaminated air outside. It is a type of sheltering in place that requires preplanning.
• Bring your family and pets inside.
• Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers.
• Turn off fans, air conditioning and forced air heating systems.
• Take your emergency supply kit unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated.
• Go into an interior room with few windows, if possible.
• Seal all windows, doors and air vents with 2-4 mil. thick plastic sheeting and duct tape. Consider measuring and cutting the sheeting in advance to save time.
• Cut the plastic sheeting several inches wider than the openings and label each sheet.
• Duct tape plastic at corners first and then tape down all edges.
• Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to seal gaps so that you create a barrier between yourself and any contamination.
• Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.

Controlled Burn Procedures


Cavalier County has issued the following procedures for landowners, contractors, equipment operators, and outdoor enthusiasts when engaged in open area controlled burning situations.  

 The following procedures are to ensure that open burning is coordinated with the proper authorities for maximum safety to both people and property.

  1. Contact the Cavalier County Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) at 256-2555 before a controlled burn is started so that emergency responders are not dispatched for reports of fire, when in fact it is a controlled burn.  Be prepared to give your name, contact number, location of the controlled burn and anticipated duration of the burn.  After the burning is completed and the fire is out, contact the PSAP again at 256-2555 to inform them of the completion.

  2. Controlled burns need to be physically manned and monitored at all times.  Once the fire has been started, do not leave the site unattended until the fire is completely out.

  3. Be prepared if the fire gets out of hand!  Call 9-1-1 immediately and have resources available to mitigate the effects (e.g. tractor, digger, shovels, etc.).

You are urged to check the North Dakota Fire Danger Rating prior to any controlled burn.  This information and current fire danger ratings are available on the following Web site:

Fire Danger Map