North Dakota’s weather is always changing.
It may seem like winter just ended, but we could soon see summer’s severe weather season.
Meteorologist Heidi Werosta is Putting North Dakota First by telling you how you can be ahead of the storm.
Blizzards, floods, and of course thunderstorms — North Dakota has it all when it comes to severe weather.
It’s just a matter of what day and how bad it’s going to be.
Gary Stockert, Emergency Manager for the City of Bismarck says, “Take appropriate action and that minimizes the act of any catastrophic event.”
The Matler’s live in Center and they have a concrete room in their basement to take cover in.
Sue Matler, Center Resident, says, “We had a tornado come through and took the top off of our neighbors house just to the north of us across the street.”
If you don’t have a basement — a good rule of thumb is to put as many walls as you can between you and the outside.
Mikkuel Olson, Mandan Resident, says, “If I am at home I watch the TV or the news. If it is does strike and we are at home and there’s a tornado we do head down to the basement.”
There are different ways that you can be notified.
There are tornado sirens just like this one that are spread out across the state and that’s for people who are spending their time outdoors — but if you’re inside there’s something else called a NOAA Weather Radio.
Stockert says, “You can program them to receive the alerts that you want to receive and you can also program so that you see the alerts and warnings for the counties or county that you are concerned about.”
Preparing for all disasters and hazardous events doesn’t take much time.
Stockert says, “Getting your disaster supply kit together is about as easy as getting ready for a camping trip. It’s a lot of the same materials.”
The Matler’s say being prepared is one of the best rules to have.
“Don’t hesitate to take the steps that you need to take care of you and your family,” Matler says.
And don’t forget those with special needs and some of your elderly family members when you’re planning.
Stockert says you can get a NOAA Weather Radio at most stores that sell electronics or you can get one online.