Winter Driving Tips

November 21, 2016 | Emergency Preparedness, Safety

Winter driving in Gallatin County can be a scary, nerve-wracking, or flat out dreaded experience for some. And since here in Montana, we are bound to have many days of extreme winter driving conditions, we might as well learn to make the best of it. As holiday travel begins, we’ve compiled some of the the […]

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When Lightning Strikes

July 19, 2016 | Emergency Preparedness, Safety

By Emergency Preparedness When thunder roars, go indoors In Gallatin County, it’s that time of year when the hot, sun-filled afternoons are quickly overtaken by black rain clouds. Although it can be a relief to have some rain to help cool down these blazing hot days, oftentimes these summer storms come with thunder and lightning. […]

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National Preparedness Month

Would you be ready if there were an emergency? September is National Preparedness Month, but what exactly does it mean to be prepared? In honor of National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), we encourage you and your family to take some time this month to learn about local hazards, develop […]

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Wildfire and Air Quality Update

The recent hazy and smoky sky above Bozeman is a reminder that wildfire season is still here. As a result of current wildfires, the air quality may vary in the next few weeks. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has air quality monitoring stations throughout the state that can help you assess the smoke level […]

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May is Wildfire Awareness Month

May 27, 2015 | Emergency Preparedness, Safety

In Montana, top causes of wildfires change throughout the course of the season: escaped debris and agricultural burns in the spring, escaped or unattended campfires in the summer, and sparks from dragging trailer chains, lawn mowers, chainsaws, or field machinery in the late summer and early fall when grasses are cured and ripe for ignition. […]

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September is National Preparedness Month!

September 15, 2014 | Emergency Preparedness

“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare” For Gallatin County residents, what does is mean to be prepared? It means taking time to learn about local hazards, such as earthquakes, winter storms and flooding. Then, it’s find out how to best prepare for those emergencies. The website Ready.gov has all of the information that everyone […]

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Wildfire Season

By Emergency Preparedness As the end of summer approaches, the vegetation in and around Gallatin County is dry from the hot, sunny days with little rainfall. But when rain does come, so do the afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Together, this creates the perfect recipe for fire. Wildfire season is here. Although some parts of the […]

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The Spring Thaw: Flooding in Gallatin County

The spring thaw has begun in Southwestern Montana. With our recent accumulation of snow and cold weather we are beginning to see water courses swell as spring nears. Flood waters can contain bacteria, fecal material, viruses, and other organisms that may cause disease. Below are basic tips for you and your family for how to […]

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Winter is Here! Are You Ready?

January 28, 2014 | Emergency Preparedness

Winter Emergency Kits In Montana, one thing is for sure: Winters tends to stick around well into the spring! And as we embark on February, we still have months of winter weather ahead. With winter comes those pesky winter storms, and these can sometimes last for days. Winter weather can have harsh affects on your […]

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Creating a Family Plan

  In many busy households, it seems like there is little time to talk about the future. After all, it’s hard enough to just get through the daily duties at hand. However, the holidays are approaching, and that usually means more time spent with family. This might be the perfect opportunity to create a family […]

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