Bismarck, ND - Governor Hoeven declared Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29, "Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week." During the week, North Dakotans are reminded to get ready and prepare for severe winter weather.
"Winter weather is just around the corner," said Governor John Hoeven. "Taking time to prepare now for the inevitable winter weather ahead is the best strategy for keeping you and your family safe."
Severe winter weather conditions in North Dakota include extremely cold temperatures, dangerous wind chills, heavy snow, blizzards, ice storms and freezing rain. These conditions can cause severe injury and death due to hypothermia, frost bite, heart attacks, strokes, and traffic accidents.
During a blizzard, it is not uncommon to suffer power and telephone outages and experience a shortage of food because of inaccessible transportation routes. Families preparing for winter should have safe alternative heating sources and enough fuel and food, and water for at least 72 hours.
"It is important to maintain a ready supply of canned food, non-perishable food and easy or no-cook food in case the power goes out," said Greg Wilz, Director of Homeland Security. "In North Dakota, there is a history of storms that last for long periods of time and impact travel, so having extra stores of food is a good idea if you are unable to get to a grocery store because of bad roads."
For more information about winter storm preparedness, please visit the "Get Ready, Get Set, Get Safe" section of the NDDES website: