Tyler Trohkimoinen, Director

830 6th Ave.

Belle Fourche, SD 57717

Office: 605-723-0900

Dispatch: 605-892-2737

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Winter Weather Preparedness Day

 Click here to read the Winter Weather Preparedness Guide for 2015


October 28, 2015, has been proclaimed Winter Weather Preparedness Day in South Dakota.  The Butte County Office of Emergency Management would like to remind people of the dangers posed by winter weather. 


Try to stay indoors during blizzards.  If you must go outside, dress warmly, wear gloves and boots, and know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite.


Keep emergency supplies in your car or truck, and don’t run low on gas.  Should you get stranded, call 911, and stay with your vehicle.  Put on coats and blankets, and run your engine ten or fifteen minutes every hour for warmth.


Your home can be a cozy place away from the harsh winter, but it can become dangerous. Take precautions such as having chimneys and heating appliances inspected, and keep combustible materials a safe distance away from heat sources.  Install smoke detectors on every level, and check them regularly.  Place fire extinguishers in strategic places around your home, such as the kitchen and utility room.  Prepare an emergency supply kit for extended power outages and severe blizzards. 


Use common sense, and above all, stay informed.  Call 511 for travel conditions, and stay tuned to local news outlets for weather updates.  Detailed weather information can be found on the National Weather Service website. 


Investing a little time now, to prepare for the upcoming winter, will reward you with increased safety in the coming months.

For additional information and helpful hints, find and like the new Butte County Emergency Management page on Facebook, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (605) 723-0900.