Emergency Services assists Northwood with recovery efforts ~ Secures grant to bury power lines ~
Posted on 8/26/2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
August 26, 2008
Bismarck, ND - The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) continues to assist Northwood in the town's recovery from an EF-4 tornado that ripped through the area last August.
NDDES initially utilized three federal programs to assist in the immediate aftermath and ongoing efforts to mitigate future losses:
Initially, the Individuals Households program was utilized to assist residents with damage repair to area homes.
The Public Assistance Grant program was used to ensure that the infrastructure in Northwood has been returned to pre-disaster conditions.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant program has just recently been used to cover costs associated with burying power lines around the town. Over 3 miles of wire is slated to be buried.
"The nexus and partnership that exists between local entities, volunteers, and state and federal agencies has made Northwood's remarkable recovery a reality," said Greg Wilz, Director of Homeland Security. "It is strong collaboration among us all that creates a team that is able to effectively respond during large complex emergency events and to restore and heal a community."
NDDES also reminds North Dakotans that the single biggest factor in staying safe is to have an emergency preparedness plan and to know what to do in the event of any type of emergency. For more information on preparedness for families and businesses, please visit http://www.ready.gov/.