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Emergency Management Announcements
Tornadoes strike Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas
April 3, 2012
Northern Texas was struck by tornadoes, hail, high winds and rain that brought significant damage to property. Flights were cancelled and people were stranded at airports. There was power outage in several areas. Read more about Tornado/High Winds and the safety measures over here.
Multiple storms hit the mid-west region
A series of powerful storm system hit five states Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio in the last week of February. Multiple tornadoes brought heavy loss to life and property.Read more about Tornado/High Winds and the safety measures over here.
911 Contact in ND - Dial Only - No Texting
February 28, 2012
Local 9-1-1 officials are reminding residents to call, not text, when they have an emergency. The technology to receive text messages is not yet available for 9-1-1 centers in North Dakota.
Voice calls to 9-1-1 automatically route to the emergency call center based on where the call is made, and triggers an immediate confirmation with the 9-1-1 operator that the call has been received. If you try to text 9-1-1, the message will not go through.
As more people abandon landlines and rely solely on cellphones, emergency officials remind people they need to provide the dispatcher a location, as well as details about the emergency. "If you call 911, answer all questions, don't hang up, follow instructions and try to provide a precise location," said Becky Ault, Grand Forks 9-1-1 Center Director. "If it is a misdial, don't hang up. Tell the dispatcher what happened so they know there isn't an emergency".
"It's especially important for the younger generation to realize you can't text 9-1-1," she added. "Parents need to make sure their children know they must still dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance".
Special systems such as TDD/TTY (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) have been in place for years for the hearing-impaired community and those remain fully integrated into the North Dakota 9-1-1 system.
For more information about the 9-1-1 system in Grand Forks, go to www.grandforksgov.com and click on the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) link.
City of Grand Forks News Release - 02/28/2012
Contact: Kevin Dean, Public Information Officer, 701-746-4636
New National Terrorism Advisory System
May 5, 2011
The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.
It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation's security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.
Learn more by visiting the Department of Homeland Security website.
Test Tornado Warning
The National Weather Service will conduct a test tornado drill for the state of North Dakota today, Wednesday, May 4. The test will be around 11:15 a.m. CDT. Simulated tornado watches and warnings will be issued to test the statewide warning and communication systems including emergency alert system codes. Local jurisdictions will sound their sirens at their discretion. The test will also activate NOAA weather radios.
NOAA Weather Radio has become an all hazards radio network. Not only can NOAA Weather Radio transmit critical weather information, but it also provides warnings and after the fact information concerning other natural disasters and public safety incidents. Some other situations could include earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, chemical spills, radiological releases, terrorist attacks and Amber alerts for kidnapped children.
NOAA Weather Radio cannot be received by normal AM/FM radio receivers, but only by specific or capable NOAA weather radios. NOAA weather radios can be purchased at many electronic, department, sporting goods or online retailers. There are many options to choose from and some NOAA weather radios are programmable. If you do not already own a NOAA Weather Radio it is recommended that you do for the safety of you and your loved ones.
Once again, the National Weather Service will be conducting test tornado watches and warnings late this morning around 11:15 a.m. CDT for the state of North Dakota. You may hear your local siren and you can also listen to the test on NOAA Weather Radio.
More information is available at Grand Forks National Weather Service.
Worldwide Travel Alert
The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times. This Travel Alert expires August 1, 2011.
For more information visit the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Interstate 29 Closed
From the Grand Forks Herald:
A portion of Interstate 29 will be closed between the Manvel and Grafton interchanges at 4 p.m. today because of water on the roadway. Northbound and southbound traffic on I-29 will be detoured away from I-29, with the exception of commercial trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more and emergency vehicles, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
Northbound traffic on I-29 will be detoured north on U.S. Highway 81 at the Manvel/Highway 81 interchange (exit 152) to North Dakota Highway 17 at Grafton, then east on N.D. 17 back to I-29.
Southbound traffic on I-29 will be detoured west on Highway 17 at the Grafton/N.D. Highway 17 interchange (exit 176), then south of Highway 81 at Grafton to I-29 at Manvel.
The highway patrol will man checkpoints at each ends of the detour and will turn around all traffic, except commercial trucks and emergency vehicles. Motorists are encouraged to use caution while driving on roadways covered in high water. Areas with water over the road may also become icy as temperatures drop below freezing.
Volunteer sandbaggers needed
Volunteer sandbaggers are needed for Wednesday, April 13. A bus will leave from the main southeast entrance of The Alerus Center Wednesday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Volunteers must register before leaving on the bus, so allow time to complete the registration. Dress appropriately -- gloves, work boots and layers of clothing. Cars may be parked at the Alerus Center lot. Questions? 701-780-8213.