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Fargo disaster team begins flood preparation

Added on Thursday, February 20, 2014

There is still plenty of snow on the ground, but it’s never too early to talk about flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Tonight the Fargo Salvation Army will host a meeting with regional emergency managers and relief organizations to prepare for an impending threat – ice jams.

“Because of the cold and the deep snowpack there is an elevated risk of ice jams,” said Drew Hasty, Salvation Army disaster relief assistant director. “There is a risk of flash flooding, especially when ice jams are lodged under bridges. There is no place for the water to go but over land.”

In 2009, ice jams were a huge problem for the region, with officials resorting to dynamite to remove them in some cases.

Throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, Salvation Army disaster teams are in constant state of preparation for small- and large-scale disaster relief. During winter months, teams respond to fire emergencies and other small-scale disasters almost every week.

Drew-Hasty-300x200Along with the help provided at these events, Salvation Army staff and volunteers take classes to hone their skills and learn the latest in disaster response. Hasty (pictured), for example, is nearing graduation for training in International Emergency Management. He will take his exam in Buffalo, N.Y., in March.

“With this certification, I will be able to lead disaster relief efforts around the world,” Hasty said.

The certification has an increased value, considering The Salvation Army is an international organization working in 126 countries.

Learn more about how you can get involved with Salvation Army disaster relief.