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Get ready for severe winter weather
~ Always travel with a survival kit ~

Posted on 10/29/2008

October 29, 2008701-328-8100

Bismarck, ND - Governor Hoeven has declared Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31, "Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week." During the week, North Dakotans are reminded to prepare for the severe winter weather ahead. Approximately 70 percent of all fatalities related to winter weather occur in cars.

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

Before traveling, always check the latest weather reports and delay travel if severe weather is forecasted. If you become stranded in a storm, remember the following:

  • Stay in the vehicle out of the cold and wind.
  • Try to periodically move to increase circulation.
  • If using a candle for warmth, open a car window slightly to maintain adequate oxygen levels.
  • If the vehicle is operable, run the motor approximately 10 minutes per hour for heat.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked and open a car window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
For more information about winter travel, please visit: www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/winter.html.

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View the complete list of what you should have in your winter survival kit.

This site updated as of 11/24/2017.