Bismarck, ND - The ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) reminds North Dakotans about being prepared for winter weather, extreme snow conditions, and difficulty traveling because of road access, particularly in rural areas.
"We are receiving reports from emergency managers that in some rural areas people are having some difficulty traveling and are experiencing snow bound conditions," said Greg Wilz, State Director of Homeland Security. "We are encouraging people to be smart by being prepared and planning ahead for these conditions."
NDDES recommends that families have three days of non-perishable food and one gallon of drinking water per person per day on hand. In addition, extra medicine should also be purchased. People should also be prepared to check on their neighbors and ask for help when needed.
"It is important to have canned food, non-perishable foods, and easy or no-cook foods in case the power goes out," Wilz said. "In North Dakota, we have a history of storms that last for long periods of time and impact travel, so having extra food around is a good idea if you are not able to get to a grocery store because of bad roads."
Winter weather conditions have been extreme across much of the state and spring is still a few months away. Travel conditions are quickly impacted by light wind and by any additional snowfall. People who must travel should plan ahead and tell someone the planned route in case they become stranded.