Governor Steve Bullock today encouraged Montanans across the state to assist Montanans in need suffering from the impacts of severe winter weather across the state. Governor Bullock Tuesday declared a winter storm emergency in Northwestern and Southeastern Montana, including on the Blackfeet, Fort Belknap, and Northern Cheyenne reservations and in Glacier and Golden Valley Counties.
“In Montana we lend our neighbors a helping hand in times of need. Right now Montanans across the state are dealing with the impacts of severe winter storms and snowdrifts. So whether its food, firewood, hay or a small monetary donation, let’s make sure our fellow Montanans stay safe and warm this weekend,” said Governor Bullock in a release.
Governor Bullock has set up a Donations Management website to assist those in need.
Montanans and other interested people can donate through this link: http://www.readyandsafe.mt.gov
According to the release, items in greatest need include non-perishable food, firewood, and hay. Cash donations are welcome. Areas in Northern Cheyenne and Blackfeet also welcome assistance from area contractors for snow removal.
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Organizations listed on the website are verified and are working with Donations Management to provide relief to those who need it in Montana.
According to weather reports in the area such as weather.com, “the epicenter of winter has been in Montana this year.
The higher elevations of the Rockies have seen more than 40 feet of snow this season and Montana has been in the bullseye for winter storms nearly all season long.”
In addition to Governor Steve Bullock’s cal for donations, he expressed thanks to Montanans who worked to send a five-day supply of food to the Cheyenne Reservation.
He wrote in part, “Thanks to all those who joined the Montana Food Bank Network and stepped up to send a 5-day supply of food for 600 families on the Northern Cheyenne reservation impacted by Montana’s severe weather. In Montana, we lend our neighbors a helping hand in times of need.”
In addition to the Governor’s call, Montana-based KRTV.com reported that tribal nations in the state were in desperate need of hay due to the extreme winter weather conditions.
“Severe winter weather has strained farmers and ranchers on the Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations,” stated the news report. “The Montana Hay Hotline is calling for donations for both reservations.”
For more information, visit the Montana Hay Hotline website.
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