If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change.Posted Jan. 17, 2014
By JAMIE SPAINHOWER
If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change. This is so true in the vast prairie lands North Dakotans call home.
And while much of the short summer is very hot, the longer winter can become dangerously cold, and dangerous to travel in.
The rest of the time, it is somewhere in the middle, but there are still events Mother Nature drops out of the sky on occasion that can cause damage and risk to life and property, many time without warning.
“We cannot stop severe weather from happening, it is inevitable,” said Nathan Heinert, NWS Bismarck at the county commission meeting last Tuesday. “We can, however, mitigate the damage and loss of life, and the ‘StormReady’ program is designed to do just that.”
This program is a National Weather Service (NWS) program designed to help counties and communities implement procedures to “reduce the potential for disastrous weather-related consequences.”
Adams County Emergency Manager Michele Gaylord and Sheriff Travis Collins were recognized for their efforts to make the county as safe and ready for bad weather as possible.
“One of the main things that has helped Adams County is the communication between Sheriff Collins and Michele,” said Heinert.
Procedures are now in place due to taking proactive measures instead of waiting to react to bad weather.
“The program also improves the timeliness and effectiveness of hazardous weather warnings issued by the NWS and provides guideline on how emergency recommendations can improve hazardous weather operations,” he said.
Michele has applied for grants to help improve the safety of those in the area, including one for new emergency sirens.
Adams County being recognized as StormReady brings the total number of counties to 20 of 53.