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Emergency Preparedness and Response


Survival kit for winter driving
  • Coffee can or other empty and clean food can
  • 60-inch length string (cut into 3 equal pieces - used to suspend can)
  • 3 large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to suspend can over candle)
  • 1 candle 2" diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow). Canned Sterno will also work to heat water.
  • 1 pocket knife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors)
  • 3 pieces of bright cloth 2" wide x 36" long (tie to antenna or door handle)
  • Several packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted snow to provide warmth and nutrition)
  • Plastic spoons
  • Packages of easy to eat, high energy foods like peanuts and candy or canned, ready-to-eat soups or fruit
  • 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners; cotton is not recommended because cotton provides no insulation when wet.
  • Extra clothing and a blanket or sleeping bag
  • 2 packages of book matches
  • 1 sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect body heat)
  • 1 flash light and batteries (keep separate)
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper and sealable container for bathroom purposes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Small tool kit
  • Ice scraper/snowbrush
  • Shovel
  • Sand or other traction aid
  • Tow rope or chain
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares or warning lights
  • Gas line antifreeze
  • Large plastic garbage bag
  • Pencil stub and paper
  • Plastic whistle
  • Cellular phone with a charger
You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case you go into a ditch and can't get to or open the trunk.

Put all items in a plastic storage container and place in vehicle when traveling starting in mid October.


Central Valley Health District works with the North Dakota Department of Health, public safety agencies, and other community groups to plan and prepare for disasters or emergency situations. This is in conjunction with local all hazards emergency planning, preparedness and response.

Central Valley Health District is part of an eight-county region established by the State of North Dakota for emergency preparedness and response planning. Counties included in our region are: Barnes, Dickey, Foster, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman, and Wells


An emergency response coordinator, environmental health practitioner, and a public information officer serve the eight counties within the Southeast Central Region. Their work is funded in part by federal grants and is focused on public health emergencies. This is done through public education and planning which involves partnerships for enhanced regional response plans and capabilities.

Program Contact Information:
Frank Balak
Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator
Beth Schwartz
Regional Public Information Officer






ND Department of Health-Emergency Preparedness and Response

CDC: Emergency Preparedness & Response

Are You Prepared? An Emergency Guide for Stutsman County

Are You Prepared? An Emergency Guide for LaMoure County

Are You Prepared? An Emergency Guide for Barnes County

Public Health Emergency Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

Ready.gov – Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

American Red Cross Family Preparedness

Minn-Kota Region of the American Red Cross

Flu.gov - Information about the flu

Prepare My Business - Business Contuinity Planning

CDC - A Healthy State of Mind - Information about mental health care issues that may arise in response to a disaster

FEMA - Protect Your Property or Business from Disaster - Informatoin about steps that can be taken to better prepare your home/business for disaster

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Emergency Mass Notification System

Barnes, LaMoure, Stutsman, and Wells counties have contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed emergency notification system. This system has the ability to deliver messages to a live person or an answering machine within a targeted area or the entire county quickly.

Barnes County sign up.

LaMoure County sign up.

Stutsman County sign up.

Wells County sign up.

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Emergency Mass Notification System

Foster County has contracted with Nixle 360 Community Engagement platform to provide high-speed emergency notifications to community members. This system has the ability to deliver messages to a live person or an answering machine within a targeted area or the entire county quickly.

Foster County sign up.