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September is Preparedness Month
~ Get ready for severe winter weather ~

Posted on 9/30/2008

September 30, 2008701-328-8100

Bismarck, ND - The ND Department of Emergency Services reminds North Dakotans winter is just around the corner and steps should be taken to get ready for severe winter weather.

Getting ready for winter weather is a two step process: first-motorists should get their car ready for the winter driving season and second, families should prepare by putting together an emergency kit for their home.

"When traveling in the winter, it is really important to have a survival kit," said Greg Wilz, Director of Homeland Security. "Your kit should, at a minimum, include a shovel, a stocking cap and heavy gloves or mittens and blankets or a sleeping bag in case you become stranded."

Drivers should also make sure their car is mechanically ready for the winter season. Check antifreeze levels, your battery, and make sure your heater and defroster works.

During a blizzard it is not uncommon for power and telephone service to fail and to experience a shortage of food because of transportation issues. Families preparing for winter should have safe alternative heating sources, enough fuel and enough food and water for 72 hours.

"It is important to have canned food, non-perishable foods, and easy or no-cook foods on hand in case the power goes out," Wilz said. "In North Dakota, there is 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."

For more information about winter storm preparedness, please visit www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/winter.html.

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This site updated as of 10/20/2017.