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Rural Buses Stay Prepared in Winter Conditions

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A deadly cold spell is heading our way...

and in situations like this, being prepared and having a winter survival kit in your vehicle is a must.

But what about on our school buses?

We hear it all the time - winter weather advisories, blizzard warnings, cold.

As North Dakotans, it's easy to become desensitized to the weather.

But this time, mother nature is bringing life threatening wind chills at 60 below, and being prepared with a winter survival kit is crucial.

This is Roger Klemisch - a bus driver for nearly 43 years...

and he drives New Salem students to and from school every day.

"We really stress they wear warm clothes and boots and gloves and caps and scarves and things, but if somebody forgets, there's blankets here," says Klemisch.

It's up to each bus driver's own discretion whether to supply their bus with winter survival items.

"They know which kids they have, whether it's a smaller group of elementary kids or whether it's high school kids so they're more apt to carry the things that they feel are necessary for the kids to be able to make it through the route," says Mike Severson, Superintendent New Salem Schools.

But they say the most important thing is communication.

"We've got two-way radios, you know, we all carry a cell phone," says Klemisch.

"All of our buses are equipped with radios that are hooked into a state radio system and so we run Morton County's system right now and they can get ahold of anybody in Morton County," says Severson.

So when mother nature gives us the cold shoulder, parents can breathe a warm sigh of relief knowing that their kids are in good hands.

Again, the cold snap on its way is considered deadly by the National Weather Service.

And deadly is not a term they use very often.

Wind chills are forecasted to hit 60 degrees below at some point between Saturday night and Tuesday.

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