Governor Hoeven Declares Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week ~ Get ready for winter weather ~
Posted on 11/2/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
November 2, 2009
Bismarck, ND - Governor Hoeven declared Monday, November 2 through Friday, November 6, "Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week." During the week, North Dakotans are reminded to get ready and prepare for severe winter weather.
"Last winter taught us the importance of good preparation in advance of winter weather, and that time is now upon us," said Governor John Hoeven. "Taking time to prepare 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."