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.
We never know when we may by hit by a disaster or emergency. This time of year it is especially difficult to survive the weather related emergencies.
Power outage, caught out in a storm, car won’t start due to cold or stalls because it overheats. So many things can happen that may begin as an inconvenience but soon turn into a life threatening emergency.
There is information on this website on the tabs to assist you with mitigating some of these incidents, the best thing you can do is have a plan and an emergency kit.
Communicate your plans, work with your children, and senior family members to develop them, that way it’s everyone’s plan.
Need more information on planning go to ready.gov and search for kids, seniors, pets. It’s all there!
Cavalier County is addressed according to the Modified Burkle Address rules. What this means, is that the roads running north and south are Avenues, the roads 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 78th St. and get larger as you go north and the avenues start at 77th Ave (Countyline Rd). and get larger as you go east to 126th Ave (Border).
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 98th Ave, as an example between 80th St. & 81st St., 1/2 mile up the road, your address should be 8050-98th Ave 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
AND AS ALWAYS PLEASE REMEMBER:
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.
Ahhh winter, it arrives whether we like it or not, here are some ideas for what to do in a blizzard;
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace have at it, what a luxury when the power is out! To stay warm otherwise, we use a stove hooked up to the propane outside, and close off the room by hanging blankets. An air mattress just may be your best friend in this situation. Keep children entertained by reading, or telling stories about family history. I learned all about how my grandfather came to the United States, in a power outage. Don’t forget the shadow games, they are always good for some entertainment. So, stock the batteries, figure out the alternate heat source, along with what you can eat and drink, and enjoy the winter!
Winter weather in your home during a power outage can be a challenge. Make sure you are prepared for it. If you have young family members find ways to make it fun! Build a fort in the room that you have heated, read a book out loud, do round table story telling.
Some things you can do to prepare now are to purchase a battery powered radio, flashlights, alternate heat source, batteries for all, extra water for all members of your family, food that you can easily cook on your heat source.
For other items that you will need, check http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
Winter in North Dakota can be a wonderful but terrifying thing. If you are in somewhere warm and safe, this can be handled without too many problems.
If however, you find yourself stuck out on the road due to a blizzard, or in a ditch due to sliding off icy roads, it is terrifying!
When you are traveling in the winter have a kit in your car with you, make sure it contains warm clothes, blankets, snacks, and flags to tie as high as you can on your vehicle.
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.
Contact the Cavalier County Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) at 256-2555 before a controlled open 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. PLEASE DO NOT burn when the fire danger index is VERY HIGH, EXTREME OR WHEN THERE IS A RED FLAG WARNING. Contact your fire district chief when doing a controlled burn also, the list of chiefs is available here.
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.
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.).
A recreational fire can be an enjoyable outdoor activity when conducted safely. When burning a recreational fire on your property, remember to be a good neighbor. You are responsible for keeping your family, your friends, neighbors and children safe. The intent of these guidelines is to prevent fire hazards and ensure that your recreational fire is safe and enjoyable.
What is the correct size and location for my recreational fire?Recreational fires shall be limited in size to 3-feet-wide by 3-feet-high and must be at least 25 feet from any combustible structures such as homes, sheds, decks or fences.Exception: Portable, screened fire vessels may be used within 25 feet of combustible structures provided they are positioned at a safe distance from said structures, located on anon-combustible surface (i.e.patio, driveway or bare ground), and the fire conforms to the 3×3-feet size limitation.The fire must be located on your own property. A responsible adult must be present at all times.
What can I burn in my recreational fire?Only wood, minimum 1-inch in diameter may be burned. Prohibited items include: brush, yard waste, treated orpainted lumber, trash or rubbish.A means of controlling or extinguishing the fire must be available at all times, such as a garden hose or shovel, andloose dirt.The fire must be completely extinguished when unattended.
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:
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.