Statewide Emergency Called for North Dakota Due to Flooding & Winter Storm Damage

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a statewide emergency for flooding and widespread utility infrastructure damage caused by this weekend’s severe winter storm. It has left thousands of people without electricity. The governor also has declared a disaster for areas impacted by record snowfall during the historic blizzard April 12-14 based on local costs incurred for snow…

Sen. John Hoeven Announces Funding For Sugar Beet Farmers

The application period for assistance will open on March 23rd.

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Senator John Hoeven secured a major helping hand for farmers. The Republican announces over a quarter of a billion dollars in disaster assistance. The money will go towards assisting sugar beet farmers across the country following a historically bad growing season. The funds are a part of the additional 1.5 billion dollars in disaster assistance…

North Dakota Request For Major Disaster Declaration Approved

It'll make federal assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  President Trump has approved North Dakota’s request for a major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early snowstorm. It’ll make federal assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency. An estimated $10 million in damage was done to public infrastructure from a three-day October storm and flooding. The declaration covers 16 counties: Barnes, Eddy, Foster,…

Hector International Airport Holds Disaster Training Exercise

Actors playing victims were transported to the hospital, which was also holding a training exercise

FARGO, N.D. — There were plenty of emergency responders at Hector International Airport, but not for the reason you might think. Two white buses played the part of an airplane disaster. First responders from the FM area practiced what to do in a real life airplane emergency. More than 70 passengers were on board, and in the scenario, ten people died….

Sanford Health Adapting to Shortage of Medical Supplies

Griffin says doctors anticipate the IV shortage will be solved by spring

FARGO, N.D. — The hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas and wildfires across California are taking their toll on the medical industry. Major medical supply manufacturers are stationed in some of those locations and the natural disasters have now created a shortage of things like IV’s. It’s even affected places like Sanford Health here in Fargo. Doctors at Sanford…

FEMA Denies North Dakota Major Disaster Declaration for Drought

Burgum requested the presidential disaster declaration on August 7

  NORTH DAKOTA — FEMA has denied North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration for drought. Governor Burgum concedes the request was a long shot with the enormous demands placed on federal resources by the recent hurricanes and wildfires. He said he is grateful for the emergency assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Burgum requested the…

Mental Health Worker is Back Home From Houston

Food was ready on hand for those affected but how Maryjane describes it is having enough for 1,000 people when 10,000 showed up

FERGUS FALLS, MN — It all started when Maryjane Westra’s Red Cross training saved her son’s life. “My son had a near drowning and it was my Red Cross training in CPR and lifesaving that kicked in and I ran out and did CPR on him and brought him back right away,” said Maryjane Westra, a Disaster Mental Health Worker…

Local First Responders Training for Community Wide Disasters

Responders got the call, secured the area, and notified the people affected by the "pretend" gas leak

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Although you never know when an emergency will strike, you can never be too prepared. Clay County Emergency First Responders and community partners simulated a mock gas leak in the Moorhead Country Club area as part of a first responder preparedness exercise. Responders got the call, secured the area, and notified the people affected by the “pretend”…

North Dakota Firefighters Rescue Survivors of Collapsed Building…It’s Only a Drill

The chief said a Sioux Falls building collapse which killed one person last December is one of many reasons this training is important

FARGO, ND — Firefighters from Fargo to Minot are saving people from a collapsing office building as part of a simulation. Before getting a taste of the action, crews set up obstacles which will simulate a partially collapsed building. It’s the culmination of eight days of training to prepare them from natural disasters or other structural issues. Seasoned firefighters experienced…

Gov. Burgum Travels to D.C., Asking for Drought Disaster Declaration

The latest drought monitor survey shows nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Burgum is in Washington, D.C. seeking a presidential disaster declaration for the drought. He met with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to talk about drought relief efforts for North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The latest drought monitor survey shows nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional…