State Police Encourage Michiganders to Prepare for
Severe Weather Threatening Michigan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2018
LANSING, MICH. The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) encourages Michigan residents to prepare in advance of severe weather expected to impact central and northern Michigan this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Bay, Clinton, Huron, Ionia, Kent, Midland, Saginaw, Tuscola and Sanilac counties and is predicting snow, strong winds and freezing rain across the central and northern regions of the Lower Peninsula beginning late tonight through Sunday. A foot or more of snow is possible across the northern Lower and southern Upper peninsulas. These conditions may cause power outages and dangerous traveling conditions.
“The protection of public health and safety is our primary concern,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We continue to monitor weather conditions and remain in contact with local emergency management coordinators to provide assistance as needed.”
Preparations for severe weather include charging cell phones and other devices in case power is interrupted, evaluating whether driving is necessary, allowing more time for travel if you choose to drive and creating emergency kits for your car and home.
Motorists are encouraged to check travel conditions and weather reports before driving at http://www.michigan.gov/roadconditions. Major road closures can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/drive. The MSP/EMHSD asks that you tune into local news and/or view these websites rather than calling your local MSP post or 911 for travel conditions.
Power Outage Safety
Ice accumulation is a serious threat to power lines. Below are some reminders on staying safe during a power outage:
- • During and after a storm, stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous.
- • If clearing trees or limbs, make CERTAIN they are not in contact with a power line. Trees and branches can conduct electricity and electrocute you on contact.
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- • Do not call 911 to ask about the power outage. Report outages to your utility company.
- • Never run a generator indoors. Ensure it is outside – far away from windows or any other area where exhaust can vent back into a living area. Carbon monoxide can cause injury or death.
- • Have an emergency preparedness kit ready with supplies to last three days per person (e.g., food, water, first aid kit, flashlight and radio with extra batteries, clothing and blankets).
For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to http://www.michigan.gov/miready or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.
The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.