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How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

  • Make sure that each member of your family has a warm coat, gloves, hat, and water-resistant boots.
  • Have extra blankets on hand.

Prepare a Winter Weather Kit

You're kit should include the following...

  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Weather radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
  • Bottled water
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Canned food and can opener.

Don't forget to put a second Winter Weather Kit in your car.

What Winter Storm WATCHES & WARNINGS Mean

  • A winter storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area.
  • A winter storm WARNING means a winter storm is headed for your area.
  • A blizzard WARNING means strong winds, blinding wind-driven snow, and dangerous wind chill are expected. Seek shelter immediately!

If a Winter Storm WARNING is issued

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of lightweight clothing, this will keep you warmer than a single heavy winter coat. Wearing Gloves and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Be sure to cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill on exposed skin.
  • Walk carefully on snow covered and icey sidewalks.
  • Avoid traveling by car in a storm.

If a Winter Storm WATCH is issued

  • Listen to Weather Radio, local radio, and TV stations for updates.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions.
  • Don't travel Unless absolutely neccesary.

If you get stuck in a winter storm...

  • Stay with your car. Do not try to walk for help.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
  • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating and to stay warm.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.

Related Links & Additional Information

Winter Survival Kit (PDF)

Winter Weather Information (PDF)

Basic Emergency Supply Kit (PDF)

Family Emergency Supply Kit (PDF)

Automobile Winter Preparedness (PDF)

Winter Awareness Tips (PDF)

North Dakota Dept. Emergency Management Website

American Red Cross Website

For more information, contact Sargent County Emergency Management at (701)724-6241 EXT: 113

355 Main St S, Forman, ND 58032

Phone: 701-724-6241 ext. 113

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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