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COVID-19 Response

The City of Grand Forks is actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For up to date info from the City regarding COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 City Updates page.  For those looking for assistance in this difficult time visit our COVID-19 Resources page.  City offices are closed to the public but open for business.  Find out more at our Virtual City Hall.

Grand Forks has two public storm shelters - Noren Hall and Sharon Lutheran Church.

Noren Hall is a dorm building on UND located at 450 Stanford Rd. It will open during any Severe weather warning. Sharon Lutheran Church will open when severe weather sirens are sounded. You must enter through door 3. 

You are allowed to bring pets to the shelter but they must be kenneled. 

Emergency sirens in Grand Forks are used to warn residents who are outside to seek immediate shelter because of impending severe weather conditions.  The sirens are NOT intended to warn people indoors.  The siren will sound for 3 minute duration and may be sounded more than once during an event.

The Grand Forks city sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year.  The sirens will sound at 1:00 p.m. throughout the city to make sure all are working properly. 


This map shows the locations of the 2 storm shelters in the City of Grand Forks.