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Published January 01, 2010, 12:00 AM

Emergency planning focus of ND campaign

Coming off a year with record floods, a tornado and more winter storms than one can shake a shovel at, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services is asking state residents to be prepared for the unexpected in 2010.

By: Mike Nowatzki, INFORUM

Coming off a year with record floods, a tornado and more winter storms than one can shake a shovel at, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services is asking state residents to be prepared for the unexpected in 2010.

The department launched its “Resolve to be Ready” campaign Thursday, urging residents to take three steps to prepare for emergencies:

  • Get an emergency supply kit.

  • Make a family emergency plan.

  • Be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area and the appropriate responses.

Last spring’s historic statewide flooding forced evacuations in some areas, and emergency crews lost valuable time because some evacuees weren’t prepared to leave at a moment’s notice, said Cecily Fong, the department’s public information officer.

“I do think that what the flood has done is it reinforces that it’s important to be mindful of all the possible hazards out there that can impact you and your family, and to be ready for them,” she said.

The department estimates flooding caused $166 million in damage to public infrastructure in the state this year, Fong said.

A July tornado that hit Dickinson resulted in more than 2,100 insurance claims totaling more than $13.1 million, according to Andrea Fonkert, Insurance Department spokeswoman.

More information about preparedness can be found at www.ready.gov, a Web site of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Citizen Corps.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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