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Boreal launches new Emergency Preparedness Portal

May 21, 2018 06:54AM ● By Editor

Introducing a new way to stay informed and be prepared. The digital portal can be accessed at  It will be a central clearinghouse for information on what to "know before you go" to stay safe on the North Shore.

The new on-line digital portal will provide the information and contacts to allow you to be better informed and prepared for emergency situations. Brought to you by Boreal Community Media and developed in partnership with the Cook County Emergency Management Community. 

Living in and visiting Cook County and the Arrowhead region of Northeastern Minnesota has many rewards.  Our area possesses many natural wonders and attractions – from Lake Superior - the largest freshwater lake in the world – to our boundless wilderness areas across the Superior National Forest or the magnificent Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  We are home to breathtaking waterfalls, many unique State Parks and superb hiking, biking, paddling  cross county skiing and snowmobile trails.

Each year, over two million visitors come to Cook County to enjoy our peaceful natural beauty, vibrant creative communities and our renowned Up North hospitality.
But living and visiting our area is not without its risks and hazards.  Every year, dozens of people become lost or hurt while hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling or just sightseeing.  As a magnet for visitors, we witness drowning, physical injury and accidents, victims of severe weather, undesired wildlife encounters and medical emergencies.

At Boreal Community Media and with our community of first responders and safety leaders, we believe strongly in the idea of “know before you go”.

A $10,000 grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation has helped Boreal Community Media staff the initiative, collect and curate content, create the digital platform and work with the members of our emergency management community to share information critical to public safety.

“Every year, our region witnesses drownings, injuries and accidents, lost or missing
persons, severe weather, risk of wildfires and other threats to public safety,” said
Lisa Bauer, Executive Director of Boreal Community Media. “We want our residents
and visitors to ‘know before you go’ by visiting our digital resource. If one life is
saved, the program will be more than worth the effort to create it. We deeply
appreciate the Community Foundation’s generous support to aid the safety and
health of our community.”

The new Boreal Emergency portal is designed to provide the information, coaching, contacts and tips to help you enjoy our region – safely.  It also provides access to resources on a whole host of emergency situations –at home, on the road, on the water and in the wilderness.

“Our dedicated emergency service personnel and volunteers work tirelessly to keep the public safe. They will share their insights on how life in our area can be enjoyed safely and what to do if you face an emergency.  All in one easy to navigate on-line portal."

 - Valerie Marasco, Director of Emergency Management, Cook County

"Cook County has countless opportunities for outdoor recreation activities. We want residents and visitors to enjoy all their favorite pursuits. There are simple steps that can be taken to ensure they can do so safely. Our portal is packed with practical everyday tips to make every outing the best it can be. Use this site to be sure you know before you go on your next adventure,"

 - Jay Arrowsmith-DeCoux, Mayor of Grand Marais. 

 A screen shot of the Emergency Preparedness Portal

The Boreal Emergency Preparedness Portal features content provided by local, regional, national and international authorities. Participants include:

• Cook County Emergency Management and Public Information
• Cook County Sheriff's Office
• Cook County Public Health
• Cook County Highway Department
• National Weather Service
• U.S. Forest Service
• U.S. Coast Guard
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection
• Minnesota Homeland Security
• MN Dept. of Natural Resources
• MN Dept. of Transportation
• City of Grand Marais
• Grand Portage Emergency Management
• Cook County Firewise
• Lake County EMS
• Cook County Search and Rescue
• Grand Portage Fire and EMS
• North Shore Health
• SawtoothMountain Clinic
• Grand Marais Fire Department
• LutsenFire Department
• TofteFire Department
• Schroeder Fire Department
• Maple Hill Fire Department
• Colvill Fire Department
• Hovland Fire Department,
• Gunflint Trail Fire Department

The Boreal Emergency Preparedness Portal is brought to you in part by a grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.



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