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Boreal Emergency Preparedness Portal

About the Boreal Emergency Preparedness Portal

 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. 

The Boreal Emergency Preparedness Portal was conceived, created and is managed by Boreal Community Media, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
It is designed to be the central on-line clearinghouse for information, news, alerts and articles to make your visit to the North Shore of Minnesota safer and more enjoyable.

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”.

 This Boreal digital 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.

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. 

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
• Sawtooth Mountain 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

If you have information that you feel would be helpful to others visiting the Minnesota's North Shore, submit your articles, links or information to [email protected]

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

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation encourages private giving for the public good. The foundation is a permanent endowment built by hundreds of gifts. It makes grants to nonprofits and to individuals for scholarships and 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 Community Foundation. Learn more at

ABOUT BOREAL COMMUNITY MEDIA: Boreal Community Media is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation designed to provide local news and information about community activities as well as connections to residents and visitors of Cook County and the Arrowhead Region of northern Minnesota through The website also offers a business directory, free classified advertising and a regional events calendar to keep our communities connected and engaged.Boreal Community Media serves the communities of Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Hovland, Grand Portage, Lutsen, Sawbill Trail, Schroeder, Tofte and the greater Arrowhead region.

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