SKYWARN Spotter Training (Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:54:00 +0000)

Join us for a community training session on our local weather!

Gallatin County is hosting a SKYWARN class being taught by the National Weather Service.  This opportunity is open to anyone in the community, simply show up.

SKYWARN Spotter Training
May 8, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
Gallatin County Coordination Center



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Gallatin County Conducting Damage Assessment (Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000)

Gallatin County is currently conducting a damage assessment of the damage incurred from the flooding in the past couple days.  Gathering this information from those affected is critical in capturing the scale of this event and helping to determine what, if any, state and federal assistance may be available.  Both individuals and businesses that have been affected are encouraged to spend a couple minutes completing the survey below to tell us about how they have been affected.

Damage Assessment >>> Click here to compete the online damage assessment.

Flood Cleanup Information >>> Click Here


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Spring is approaching... Are you ready for flooding? (Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:32:00 +0000)

With spring approaching everyone should be thinking about spring flooding.  A lot of factors come together at the same time to result in significant flooding and while some are hard to predict, some are present now.  the indicators currently present should be heeded as a warning sign.  Some of these indicators are:
  • Large snow packs
  • Late winter snow
  • Snow buildup in uncommon places
 When these conditions mix with the following conditions, flooding often occurs:
  • Sudden change to hot sunny days
  • Mountains staying above freezing at night
  • Heavy spring rains
  • Late spring snow in mountains

Residents living near waterways, or in areas that have seen flooding, should prepare ahead of time.  If you wait until flooding occurs, it is too often too late in making a difference.  The following are some simple tasks that can be done to mitigate damage from flooding.
  • Clean ditches and culverts before water is present.
  • Develop a plan on what your family will do.
    • What materials will you need to protect your house?
    • Where will you get the supplies?
    • Who is responsible for doing what?
    • If you have to evacuate, when and where will you go?
  • When water starts rising, and the indicators above are present, you should closely monitor water conditions.
    • Water levels change very quickly and often catch people off guard.
    • Water levels are often the highest in the middle of the night.
  • If you think you need flood insurance, get it now.
    • Flood insurance has a 30 day waiting period before it takes effect.
More information on flooding can be obtained at http://www.ReadyGallatin.com/flooding.php.

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