PREPAREDNESS FOR HOMEOWNERS
The most important feature of any home is something you might not see when you walk
through the door. But it could save your life. It’s safety. And it comes in all shapes and
sizes: A home disaster plan, smoke detectors; fire extinguisher; escape routes; a home
disaster supply kit, carefully maintained heating and electrical systems and knowing what
to do and where to go in case of fire, flood, tornado or other disaster.
Additional information regarding disaster preparedness may be found in the back
of the SRT telephone book and www.ready.gov
SEVERE SUMMER WEATHER SAFETY
- Be sure to keep a transistor radio or weather alert radio - with working batteries.
o Tune your radio to KCJB AM 910, KYYX 97 FM
o Television: tune to KXMC channel 13 (3 on cable) or KMOT channel 10 (7 on
- Pay close attention to weather reports. Know the difference between a watch (when
conditions are ripe for a severe weather event) and a warning (when a severe weather
event is occurring or is imminent).
MOBILE HOMEOWNERS: When a tornado warning has been issued, leave your
manufactured home immediately. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to severe
weather, particularly tornadoes. A mobile home can overturn very easily even if
precautions have been taken to tie down the unit. When a tornado warning is issued,
take shelter in a building with a strong foundation. If shelter is not available, lie in ditch
or low-lying area a safe distance away from the unit.
- Because of the relative rapid onset of severe weather, Mobile home owners are
encouraged to coordinate shelter with nearby friends or relatives who have basements
or other sturdy structures.
The City of Minot will open a shelter at Jim Hill Middle School th(1000 6 St SW) during Tornado Warnings.
Weather Safety in a Sheltered building/home:
- Go at once to a windowless, interior room; storm cellar; basement; or lowest level of
- Get away from the windows.
- If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without
windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
- Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners as they tend to attract debris.
- Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench, heavy table, or desk and
hold on to it.
- Use arms to protect head and neck.
Document Date 05/10
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER SAFETY
Supplies Animal Care Primary concerns are loss Move animals to sheltered Travel of heat, power and areas. Shelter belts, Fully check and winterize telephone service and a properly laid out and your vehicle before the shortage of supplies if oriented, are better winter season begins. storm conditions continue protection for cattle than for more than a day. confining shelters, such as Plan your travel and check sheds. the latest weather reports Have available: to avoid the storm! Haul extra feed to nearby ? Flashlight & extra feeding areas. batteries Carry a WINTER STORM ? Battery-powered SURVIVAL KIT: Have water available. NOAA weather radio ? Mobile phone, charger, Many animals die from and portable radio to batteries dehydration in winter receive emergency ? Blankets/sleeping storms. information. These bags may be your only links ? Flashlight & batteries Make sure pets have to the outside. ? First-aid kit plenty of food, water and ? Extra food & water. ? Knife shelter. Have high energy food, ? High-calorie, non- such as dried fruit, perishable food nuts & granola bars, ? Extra clothing and food requiring no ? Large empty can for cooking or emergency toilet, refrigeration. tissues and paper ? Extra medicine and towels for sanitary baby items purposes. ? First-aid supplies ? Small can and ? Heating fuel. Refuel waterproof matches to before you are empty. melt snow for drinking Fuel carriers may not water. reach you for days North Dakota March ? Sack of sand or cat after a winter storm. 1966 litter for traction ? Emergency heat ? Shovel source (fireplace, What to Listen For….. ? Windshield scraper wood stove, space The NWS issues outlooks, and brush heater). Use properly watches, warnings and ? Tool kit to prevent a fire and advisories for all winter ? Tow rope ventilate. weather hazards. ? Battery booster cables ? Fire extinguisher and ? Water container Advisory: Winter weather smoke alarm. Test ? Compass & road maps conditions are expected to smoke alarms at least cause significant once a month to Keep your gas tank near inconveniences & may be ensure they work full to avoid ice in the tank hazardous. Be sure to properly. and fuel lines. monitor conditions. Watch: Winter storm Stay Tuned for Avoid traveling alone. Let conditions are possible in someone know your Storm Warnings. next 36-48 hours. Prepare! timetable and primary & Warning: Life-threatening Listen to your local radio alternate routes. severe winter conditions and TV station for weather
have begun or will begin updates. You can also within 24 hours. Act now!purchase a NOAA weather radio in most electronic departments.
Document Date 05/10