My Old School North Dakota Homies…

I attended the North Dakota Emergency Management Conference this past week out in Bismarck.  It has been quite awhile since I have been able to attend this conference as typically I have a conflict with the conference dates and cannot attend.  Fortunately, this year the stars aligned and I was able to attend. I have…
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Are You Ready?

I gave my Disaster Preparedness students a challenge.  The challenge was to use rubber ducks about town to remind folks about the importance of being prepared for emergencies and disasters – to get their ducks in a row.   As a part of the challenge they were to encourage folks to go to ready.gov and learn…
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The Longest Day…

They say the longest day of 2014 was June 21st, but I know that cannot be right.  I know the correct answer is September 26, 2014.  I know this because I lived through the longest day of the year on the 26th and am just now barely recovering after a full weekend has passed. On…
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Have You Thanked Your Local Emergency Manager?

My love affair with emergency management wasn’t ignited by a Hollywood disaster movie or by a desire to save the day.  My love affair began when I first met the emergency managers in North Dakota and learned of the good, and all too often thankless, work they put in day-in and day-out to keep their…
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Annoying? Perhaps. Necessary? Yes.

Those New Forty readers in the areas of North Dakota and Minnesota who were under a tornado warning early this morning may feel a similar angst to that which I heard today from folks regarding the warning systems that sought to warn them of potential tornadoes in their area.   It is a rare individual who…
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