Though it may seem like summer was just yesterday, winter can happen anytime now.
One of the many things the North Dakota National Guard does is respond to severe weather, including blizzard conditions. So the Guard regularly conducts exercises to enhance and maintain emergency preparedness for state emergencies like flooding and other natural disasters.
This year is no exception. Why is this important for North Dakotans?
"So that they can rest easy at night. Bottom line is we're here. We're getting ready. We're prepared for whatever event may occur this winter or come spring, so that you don't have to worry about that, And when you need help, the North Dakota National Guard will be there to help you out," says Colonel Robert Fode, North Dakota National Guard.
The National Guard is the first military responder to civil emergencies, such as blizzards, when ordered by the Governor. Receipt of federal dollars requires the Guard to track resources during any such response, which is a key part of today's exercise.
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