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Boreal Community Media Receives Grant to Launch New Emergency Preparedness Portal

Jan 25, 2018 08:24PM
(February 1, 2018)  –  Boreal Community Media, a non-profit 501c(3) organization,
is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Duluth Superior
Area Community Foundation.

These funds will support the development and launch of Boreal’s new Emergency
Preparedness Digital Portal – a central on-line clearinghouse for emergency
information, outdoor recreation tips and regulations, law enforcement alerts and
notices, road closures and other information of importance to residents and visitors
of Cook County and the Arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota.

Thousands of visitors come to the Cook County area to enjoy the region’s natural
beauty, a multitude of year-round recreation activities, its lively arts and music
community and more. However, many people are not fully aware of the risks and
hazards of venturing out in a vast wilderness area. The Boreal Emergency
Preparedness digital portal is designed to be the one stop on-line resource to better
understand how to navigate the Arrowhead region – SAFELY.

The grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation will help 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 drowning, 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 media resource. If one life
is saved, the program will be more than worth the effort to create it. We deeply
appreciate the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s generous support to
aid the safety and health of our community.”

“This will be a powerful collaborative effort between Boreal Community Media, The
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the Cook County Office of Emergency
Management and Public Safety, the first responder and medical communities and
town, county, state and federal officials and community volunteers committed to
public safety. It will be an important resource to keep people informed and safe.”
said Boreal Community Media Board Member Eric Block.

The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive
application and review process and is funded by the Barnum Fund and the
Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

“Being prepared for emergencies is critical to help avoid human injury and property
damage. There is a vast amount of information available to help the public be better
prepared,” said Holly C. Sampson, President of The Duluth Superior Area
Community Foundation, “Boreal Community Media emergency preparedness
project will help the public find that important information – easily and quickly.

This effort is in line with The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s
commitment to help communities by engaging in disaster philanthropy that the
organization was forced to confront as a result of the record flooding in the Duluth-
Superior area in 2012. Today, The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation are
active participants with the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resilience and Emergency
Partnership (PPREP) to learn how our communities can be more resilient.



The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation encourages private giving for the
public good. The foundation is a permanent endowment built by hundreds of gifts.
The foundation makes grants to nonprofits and to individuals for scholarships. It
also provides leadership on important initiatives in northeast Minnesota and
northwest Wisconsin. Since starting in 1983, it has distributed more than $50
million and holds 396 funds. The Cook County Community Fund, created in 2003, is
a regional affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Learn more at


Boreal Community Media is a 501C(3) non-profit corporation designed to provide
local news, information about community activities and connections to residents
and visitors of Cook County and the Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota
through our website:  On our website we also offer a business directory,
free classified advertising and a regional events calendar to keep our communities
connected and engaged. We serve the communities of Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail,
Hovland, Grand Portage, Lutsen, Sawbill Trail, Schroeder, Tofte and the greater
Arrowhead region.
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