Simulated Tornado Exercise Deemed Successful
JAMESTOWN - (Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County Emergency Manager) - On Wednesday morning, May 1, Stutsman County participated in the simulated state-wide tornado exercise as part of Severe Summer Awareness Week. The exercise was scheduled to begin at “about” 11:15 a.m., but locally had an actual start time of 11:20 a.m. The test of the county’s emergency operations plan went very well.

A portion of the plan consists of activating siren systems for several communities in the County by personnel at the Law Enforcement Center. All sirens in Jamestown, Streeter, Medina, Buchanan and Cleveland proved to be operational and ready for the severe summer weather season. In addition, the National Weather Service activated its All Hazards Radio System and local cable TV providers Emergency Alert Systems were also tested.

CodeRED Weather Warning was not tested as part of the exercise. However, those that still want to sign up for the service can do so by going to the Stutsman County webpage at www.co.stutsman.nd.us and click on the CodeRED Weather Warning icon. You can choose to receive tornado, thunderstorm and/or flash flood warnings on land-line telephones, cell-phones including text message capable phones, VOIP phones and also email addresses. CodeRED Weather Warning is a no-cost way to receive weather warning information, but, you must register for the service to receive the warnings. For those needing assistance to register, contact Stutsman County Emergency Management at 701-252-9093.