Morton County publishes Severe Winter Weather Guide

Morton County releases guide for residents to prepare for severe winter weather


MANDAN, ND – The Morton County Office of Emergency Management has released its 2021 Severe Winter Weather Preparedness Guide to help residents prepare and stay safe in response to winter weather conditions. This guide is developed and distributed in conjunction with Gov. Doug Burgum’s proclamation designating November 1-5 as Severe Winter Weather Awareness Week in North Dakota.


Morton County residents are encouraged to prepare their homes and vehicles for winter weather. The dangers from winter weather includes snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms. One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the "Deceptive Killers" because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Severe winter storms can cause widespread damage and disruption. Heavy snow often results in paralyzed transportation systems and automobile accidents due to slippery roads and stranded vehicles. Ice storms can topple utility lines and poles, and make travel virtually impossible. These conditions pose a threat to life. Individual preparation is the key to survival.

On average, North Dakota experiences three to four severe winter storms each year. Winter precipitation is nearly all in the form of snow and is often associated with strong winds and low temperatures. Winter storms are normally accompanied by strong winds, creating blizzard conditions with blinding, wind-driven snow, severe drifting, dangerous wind chill and heavy accumulations of ice and/or heavy snow. Homes, farms, livestock and rural communities may be isolated for lengthy periods. Extreme cold often accompanies a winter storm. Prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia and become life-threatening. 


The Morton County Severe Winter Weather Guide provides critical and life-saving information that should be shared with family and friends, and therefore sharing the link or printing the information and photocopying is encouraged.


The information contained in this guide is a compilation of public safety information published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service.


The guide can be found on our website at