Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours 2013

Trick-or-treat hours around Lapeer County

6:00PM to 8:00PM

Almont
Clifford
Dryden
Hadley
Imlay City
Lapeer City
North Branch

5:00PM to 7:00PM

Columbiaville

6:00PM to 7:00PM

Metamora

Halloween Health and Safety Tips

Alphabet letter S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Alphabet letter A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Alphabet letter F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Alphabet letter E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Alphabet letter H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Alphabet letter A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Alphabet letter L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Alphabet letter L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Alphabet letter O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Alphabet letter W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Alphabet letter E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Alphabet letter E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Alphabet letter N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Google Voice updated With Warning about Text to 9-1-1

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Google has updated it’s VoIP app, Google Voice, with a warning when a user attempts to send a text message to 9-1-1.

Currently, in the vast majority of the United States, including Lapeer County, there is no way to send a text message to 9-1-1.

There are technical hurdles that need to be overcome and new telephone networks built out, called ESInet’s that are required to make this happen.

Lapeer County 9-1-1 has a new 9-1-1 telephone system capable of receiving SMS and MMS alerts from users, built by microDATA, a TCS Company.

The missing piece is the ESInet which is something the telephone carriers need to build in order to connect emergency callers, via SMS/MMS, to 9-1-1. In our area of Michigan, AT&T is the emergency telephone provider and would need to build out this ESInet.

If you are using Google Voice either on your iOS device or Android device, please be aware that you will not be able to send a text message to 9-1-1 should you have an emergency.

Please, always use the regular telephone service and dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.

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What is Google Voice?

 

  • Send free text messages to US phones and make international calls at very low rates.
  • Access your voicemail messages with transcription.
  • Make calls with your Google Voice number.
  • A Google Voice account is required to use this app (sign up for free at google.com/voice).
  • Google Voice is currently only available in the US.
  • When using Google Voice for iPhone, both domestic and international calls are placed through a US-based Google Voice access number, and will use the standard minutes from your cell phone plan.
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LapeerCounty911.org Goes SSL

ssl-secureUpdate your bookmarks! Our website is now fully encrypted with an SSL certificate. Instead of having http:// our site now begins with https:// where the ‘S’ means ‘secure.’

What is SSL?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol for enabling data encryption on the Internet and for helping web site users confirm the owner of the web site. SSL is most commonly used to protect communications between web browsers and servers. However, it is increasingly used for server to server communications and for web-based applications.

When a browser connects to a secure site it retrieves the site’s SSL certificate and checks that it has not expired, that it has been issued by a Certificate Authority the browser trusts and that it is being used by the web site for which it has been issued. If it fails on any one of these checks the browser will display a warning to the end user. If it succeeds, several security indicators are built into modern browsers to indicate that SSL is enabled.

  • The beginning of the URL or web address changes from http:// to https://
  • A padlock on the browser window changes from open to closed
  • The address bar will turn green and display the name of the web site owner when connecting to a web site protected by an Extended Validation SSL certificate.

What this means for our visitors is that any form you fill out on our site will be sent securely, encrypted, to us and is protected from any hackers who may be trying to use a man-in-the-middle attack or other forms of hacking.

Severe Weather Notification Options

 

Severe Weather Awareness Week – Tip #3

  1. Purchase a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio with S.A.M.E. (specific area message encoding) capabilities. This feature allows you to enter only those counties you want to get weather alerts for. Some local stores carry these radios. You can also order them online. They range in price from $35 – $50 depending on the additional features you want (i.e. AM/FM radio, etc.). You can also research them prior to your purchase by going on to YouTube. These devices work like an AM/FM radio…if you get it home and cannot find a channel were you hear a computerized weather person speaking, then you may need a different radio or an external antenna. Don’t hesitate to call the Lapeer County Emergency Management Office at 810-667-0242 prior to purchasing one and we will be glad to help you.lapeer radar.jpg
  2. Another great source for early warning notifications are smartphone applications. Here are just a few examples (in no particular order):http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app
    http://www.abc12.com/weather (browse the page until you find an option that says “download weather alert app to your phone”.)
    http://www.wnem.com/weather (browse the page until you find an option that says “download weather alert app to your phone”.)
    http://www.minbcnews.com/weather (browse the page until you find an option that says “download weather alert app to your phone”.)
  3. Tornado sirens. These are an “outdoor” warning device. If you cannot hear your community’s tornado siren on the first Saturday of each month (April – October) at 1:00pm, then please consider purchasing a weather radio.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Lapeer County Emergency Management Office at 810-667-0242.

Stay safe and stay dry!

Filling Sandbags, Stacking Sandbags & Building A Levee

Flood Wates Effect Areas Throughout ArkansasSevere Weather Awareness Week – Tip #2

Filling Sandbags, Stacking Sandbags & Building A Levee

Should you need to protect your home from flood waters, purchasing sandbags is the most cost effective method, but you can also purchase self-inflating sand bags – they look like a flat pillow and when they come in contact with water, they expand absorbing almost 40lbs of water. You build a levee with them just as you would with sandbags (without all the physical strains). It’s a bit more expensive, but an option for a person that may not be physically fit to fill sandbags.

Sandbag filling Procedures PDF

As you will read on page 3 – item #1, there are a lot of great video resources on YouTube relating to this as well.

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If you have any questions, or need additional information on something, please don’t hesitate to contact the Lapeer County Emergency Management Office at 810-667-0242.

Stay dry!