Severe Weather Awareness Week – Tip #3
- 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.
- 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”.)
- 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!
Severe 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.
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.
Severe Weather Awareness Week – Tip #1
Along with the arrival of green grass and beautiful flowers, unfortunately also comes the chance for severe weather.
That is why the State of Michigan has declared April 7th through the 13th Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Attached are a few items from the American Red Cross that will help you get started on your planning.
Safe and Well Fact Sheet
The Columbiaville United Methodist Church at 4696 Pine St will be open Wednesday 20 July 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 21 July 2011 fro 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. We have bathrooms, showers and kitchen facilities where they can prepare meals.Questions call the church at 793-6363 or Dave Klaffer at 656-7770.
From the Lapeer County Emergency Management Office:
July 19, 2011 11:30am
As a result of the storms yesterday, portions of the Imlay City area in Lapeer County are currently without power. This, coupled with the extreme heat, have caused us to open COOLING CENTERS in the Eastern part of our County. Please advise our residents should they need to seek shelter from the heat, the following locations will be open to help them:
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 200 N. Cedar Street, Imlay City (Monday–Friday 10:30am – 9:00pm)
Almont Lions, Water Street, Almont (Monday–Friday 10:30am – 9:00pm)
Imlay City Senior Center 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City – until 5:00pm today
Please note that these centers will only be providing a cool and comfortably place to go – the most they may have available to residents would be water.
We will be monitoring the status of the power outage, as well any calls we may get from other parts of the county to see if additional centers need to be opened. We have asked the American Red Cross to be on standby should we need to open more centers. If you need any additional information, please contact me at 810-667-0242. Thank you for your time.