November 4-8 is Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week

Fall is still here, but winter is right around the corner.  Whether we really want to admit that or not is another question.

In honor of Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week, we have compiled some resources to help you prepare.

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services has put together a lot of good handouts.  Visit their page to learn about things like generator safety, winterizing your car, household safety, hypothermia and frostbite care, outdoor safety tips, winter living in recreational vehicles, and putting together a winter survival kit.
http://www.nd.gov/des/get/severe-winter-weather/

The National Weather Service – Bismarck office has great information on all those advisories, watches, and warnings we often get put under during the winter months.  Visit their page to learn about these definitions as well as other winter weather safety items.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/winter.php

You can also visit the Stutsman County Facebook page – don’t forget to ‘Like’ us to receive our updates!
https://www.facebook.com/StutsmanCounty

Stutsman County Hiring for Communications Specialist

Stutsman County is hiring a Communications Specialist to answer phones, dispatch emergency responders and perform other duties. Position to begin as soon as possible.  Shifts are 8 hours long.  Following probation, schedule will be 4 days on and 4 days off with nights being the primary shift and some additional hours available. Beginning salary is $13.45 per hour. Following probation, salary is $14.51 per hour. No experience necessary.

Benefits: Vacation, Holiday and Sick Leave, health insurance, retirement package.  Fingerprint, background checks and pre-employment testing required.  Only official applications will be accepted and can be obtained on the Stutsman County website or picked up at Jamestown Job Service. Applicants must contact Jamestown Job Service to schedule written test, alphanumeric keyboard test, call center customer service test, vocabulary and spelling test. Applicants must have an alphanumeric keyboard score of 6500 or greater, a score of 70% or greater on the written, vocabulary and spelling test and a minimum of a 4 on the customer service test. Completed applications must be returned to Jamestown Job Service by 5:00 PM September 25th, 2013. Stutsman County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities.

For more information, please visit our Careers page at http://www.co.stutsman.nd.us/careers.html.

North Dakota Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week

April 28, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #1

CONTACT: Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County Emergency Manager, 701-252-9093

SEVERE SUMMER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

SIRENS TO BE ACTIVATED WEDNESDAY

 

The week of April 29th thru May 3rd has been designated, “Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week,” for the entire state of North Dakota by Governor Jack Dalrymple.  This week is an annual event designed to remind the public of the dangers associated with severe summer weather including:  lightning, high winds, large hail, flash floods and tornadoes. All of which, can cause severe property damage, personal injury, and even death.

As part of the awareness week activities, the annual statewide tornado exercise will also be conducted.  This year, the exercise has been scheduled to begin at about 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1 with a simulated tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service.  In response to this simulated warning, a countywide exercise of the emergency operations plan will also take place.  The plan is designed to warn the greatest number of people in the least amount of time.

As part of the exercise, sirens will be activated in area communities including the City of Jamestown.  In most communities, sirens will be activated for approximately 3 minutes. In addition, the simulated warning will be broadcast over the National Weather Service all-hazards weather radio system, local AM/FM radio stations and local cable television interrupt systems.

During the summer, the most common reason a community’s warning sirens are activated is to warn the public of a possible tornado.  However, the sirens could also be activated to alert the public of other types of events that could be a danger to the community.  Hearing the sirens is the signal to tune into any of the local radio stations and to follow official instructions being broadcast.  Cable television subscribers will also be able to turn on their TV and hear official instructions being broadcast by either the National Weather Service or officials at the Law Enforcement Center.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Opportunity Begins Soon

The Stutsman County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), in conjunction with the North Dakota League of Cities, is sponsoring a citizen-based emergency response program called Community Emergency Response Teams or CERT.  CERT training is free and is open to all citizens 18 years or older.

CERT is a training program that educates citizens about the hazards they face in their community and trains them in lifesaving skills.  The Stutsman County CERT training program is administered in five components consisting of four evening classes and one disaster simulation activity.  The components include fire safety, light search and rescue, medical triage, emergency family preparedness, and disaster psychology.

Class will be held at the James Valley Career and Technology Center Jamestown, on October 2, 4, 9, 11 and 15 from 6:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m.  To enroll call 701-252-8841 or 910 12 Ave NE Jamestown.  Close date for the enrollment is Monday September 24, 2012.  Attendance to all classes is required for certification.

For additional information, contact Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County Emergency Manager at 701-252-9093.

 

Burn Ban Proclamation and Fire Emergency Declaration for Stutsman County

The Stutsman County area is once again finding itself a little short of moisture.  We all know that circumstance could change in a heartbeat.  But for now, it’s very dry.  Dry enough for every Fire Chief in Stutsman County to be very concerned about fire.

And that’s why Mark Klose, Stutsman County Commission Chairman, on Tuesday (9-3-12) signed a Fire Emergency Declaration and Burn Ban Proclamation.  Approximately half of the counties in North Dakota currently now have burn bans in effect.   So, regarding the Stutsman County burn ban, this is what you need to know:

  • The burn ban includes all incorporated cities in the County except for the City of Jamestown which has its own burning related ordinances that remain in effect as usual.
  • The burn ban is linked to the Fire Danger Index.  The ban is only in effect when the Fire Danger Index for that day is in the VERY HIGH or EXTREME category.
  • If Stutsman County is in a Fire Danger Index category other than VERY HIGH or EXTREME, the burn ban is not in effect for that day.
  • When the ban is in effect, it does not allow for burning of garbage, or camp fires using wood or charcoal.  “Ember creating” fires are not allowed.
  • When the burn ban is in effect, it restricts all open burning with the following two exceptions:   1)  Propane/gas-, kerosene- or alcohol-burning cook stoves may be used in residential areas or established recreational camping areas, provided that a person maintaining it has ready access to a fire extinguisher.  2)  Outdoor welding may be performed for industrial, ranching, agricultural, or other business purposes provided that a fire extinguisher is readily accessible at the time the welding is performed.
  • The fire danger index is revised every morning by the National Weather Service and can be found by googling “ND fire danger index” or by going to the Bismarck National Weather Service website at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis/ and clicking on “Fire Weather.”  The fire danger index can also be determined by calling the Stutsman County Communications Center at 701-252-1000 and asking for the daily fire danger index.
  • The ban is not linked to a specific time of day or to any snow or rain events, only to the Fire Danger Index.
  • If it rains and the Fire Danger Index for that day is either in the VERY HIGH or EXTREME categories, burning would not be allowed for that day.  However, burning the next day may be allowed if the Fire Danger Index falls below VERY HIGH.
  • Any individual who willfully violates this burn ban is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1) punishable by fine of up to $1000.00 and 30 days in jail.  The Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office is authorized to issue citations to violators.
  • If there are any questions related to the burn ban, have the individual contact the Sheriff’s Office (701-252-9000) or the Emergency Manager (701-252-9093).

Stutsman County is now hiring for an Assistant Emergency Manager/9-1-1 Coordinator/Communications Center Administrator

Assistant Emergency Manager/9-1-1 Coordinator/Communications Center Administrator

Stutsman County, ND

 

Stutsman County has an opening for an Assistant Emergency Manager/9-1-1 Coordinator/Communications Center Administrator.  The successful candidate will provide operational support to the Emergency Manager/9-1-1 Coordinator/Communications Center Administrator.

The position requires a minimum of four years post high school education in public/business administration, emergency management or related field, plus one year of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience at the time of hire.  Must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication (written and verbal), analytical and decision making skills and be proficient in the use of computers and related technology to include social mediums.  A valid driver’s license is required.

Starting salary range is $38,614.00 to $40,174.00 depending on experience.  Position qualifies for a full benefits package.  Applicants will be subject to fingerprinting and background checks.  Official applications can be obtained on the County’s website at www.stutsmancounty.org under the “Careers” tab, at ND Job Service or at the Stutsman County Auditor’s Office located at 511 2nd Ave SE in Jamestown.

Only applications submitted on official forms will be accepted and must be returned to: Title VI Coordinator, Stutsman County, 511 2nd Ave SE, Jamestown, ND or emailed to scemployment@nd.gov by 5:00 p.m. September 19, 2012.  Any inquiries or questions can be directed to Stutsman County 9-1-1/ Emergency Management at (701) 252-9093 or emailed to jbergqui@nd.gov.  Stutsman County is an equal opportunity employer.

CodeRED Mass Notification Tests Performed Well

On August 16, CodeRED performed a two-part test of its emergency notification system in Stutsman County.  The first part of the test successfully tested phone line capabilities in Stutsman County.  The second part of the test successfully sent a text and email message to anyone opting in for these services.  Currently, nearly 10,500 phone numbers, 450 text phone numbers and 550 email addresses are capable of receiving emergency notifications from the County.

All residential phone lines are already part of the CodeRED database.  However, most business lines, all cell phone numbers, VOIP phone numbers, email addresses, and text message capable phones need to log onto www.stutsmancounty.org to register to receive emergency notifications.  Once on the site, click the link to be directed to the secured “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.  Required information to register includes first and last name, street address, city, state, zip code, and phone numbers to be entered.  An exact address is needed due to the geographically based delivery system that CodeRED uses.

The registration page also allows users the opportunity to sign up to receive emergency weather warnings.  This is an opt-in service only.  Anyone wishing to use this service must register by opting in on the enrollment page, including residential landline phones.  Users have the option to receive alerts anytime the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, severe weather warning or flash flood warning for the address entered on the enrollment page.  Only users that are registered for the service will receive the message.  In addition, you will only be warned if you live in the warned polygon area that the National Weather Service has issued a warning for.

CLICK THE CODERED LOGO TO SIGN UP!

CodeRED Notification Services and Weather Warnings Now Available in Stutsman County

 

(Click the logo to register)

CodeRED Mass Notification Services and Weather Warnings are Now Available in Stutsman County

Stutsman County, through an agreement with Richland County, has contracted with CodeRED to allow anyone the opportunity to receive emergency notifications requiring immediate action and weather warnings for free.

Currently, only residential landline phones in Stutsman County will receive emergency notifications from the County.  Any business line, cell phone line, VoIP phone line, email address, or text messaging capable phone needs to register for the service by going to the Stutsman County website at http://www.stutsmancounty.org.  Once at the site, click the link to be directed to the secured “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.  Required information to register includes first and last name, street address, city, state, zip code, and phone numbers to be entered.  An exact address is needed due to the geographically based delivery system that CodeRED uses.

The registration page also allows users the opportunity to sign up to receive emergency weather warnings.  This is an opt-in service only.  Anyone wishing to use this service must register by opting in on the enrollment page, including residential landline phones.  Users have the option to receive alerts anytime the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, severe weather warning or flash flood warning for the address entered on the enrollment page.  Only users that are registered for the service will receive the message.  In addition, you will only be warned if you live in the warned polygon that the National Weather Service has issued a warning for.

A test of the CodeRED system will be initiated for all of Stutsman County Thursday, August 16 in the afternoon.  Normal text messaging rates apply to users who decide to opt in for the text messaging service.  If there are any questions regarding the system, please call Stutsman County Emergency Management at 701-252-9093.

Follow the link to sign up: https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=ap0ncq4N7yrgl%2b60s237Pg%3d%3d

 

Extreme Heat Safety Tips

-Safety tips for the hot weather-

- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not
available.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such
as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other
community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the
perspiration rate of evaporation.
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets
unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver
disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid
retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as
much skin as possible.
- Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning
and who spend much of their time alone.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy
system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Texting 9-1-1 for Emergency Assistance is NOT Available

Local 9-1-1 officials are reminding residents to call, not text, when they have an emergency.  The technology to receive text messages is not yet available for 9-1-1 centers in North Dakota.

Voice calls to 9-1-1 automatically route to the emergency call center based on where the call is made, and there is an immediate confirmation with the 9-1-1 operator that the call has been received.  If you try to text 9-1-1, the message will not go through.

As more people abandon landlines and rely solely on cellphones, emergency officials remind people they need to provide the dispatcher a location, as well as details about the emergency.

“If you call 911, answer all questions, don’t hang up, follow instructions and try to provide a precise location,” said Jerry Bergquist, 9-1-1 Coordinator, Stutsman County Communications. “If it is a misdial, don’t hang up.  Tell the dispatcher what happened so they know there is not an emergency”.

“It’s especially important for the younger generation to realize you can’t text 9-1-1,” said Bergquist.  “Parents need to make sure their children know they must still dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance”.

Special systems such as TDD/TTY (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) have been in place for years for the hearing-impaired community and those remain fully integrated into the North Dakota 9-1-1 system.