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

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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!

It’s Here! Spring Has Finally Arrived!

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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

Power outages

Pet Safety

Tornado Spotter Training

2012 Tornado Spotter Training

April 19, 2012, 7 pm
Lapeer East High School
933 S Saginaw St, Lapeer, MI 48446
Pre-Registration open until April 9th.

This training is provided free of charge

Sign up at www.lapeerskywarn.org

Sponsored by:

Lapeer County Office of Emergency Management
Lapeer County Amateur Radio Association
Lapeer County CERT
National Weather Service – White Lake

If you have any questions, please Contact Mary Piorunek at the Emergency Management Office 810-667-0242.

Skywarn Training

Skywarn spotter training sessions are held to train individuals on how to accurately observe such weather
phenomena as floods, hail, wind and its associated da mage, cloud features that lead to tornadoes, and
those cloud features that do not lead to tornadoes.

In addition, topics covered during Skywarn training are:

  • The role of the spotter, the NWS and emergency services;
  • A recap of significant weather events during 2011;
  • The necessary atmospheric conditions for thunderstorm development;
  • Tornadoes;
  • Severe weather safety tips;
  • Severe weather terms used in National Weather Service products;
  • What to report to the National Weather Service; and,
  • How to report information to the National Weather Service.

Skywarn training presentations usually last around two hours, with a scheduled break included.

Skywarn spotters are essential to the National Weather Service, law enforcement and fire officials, and
emergency managers. Among other things, spotters:

  • Provide valuable information on the severity of thunderstorms;
  • Allow downstream communities to understand the severity of thunderstorms moving toward them; and,
  • Allow the National Weather Service to gather information which helps verify the warnings it issues.

Those who volunteer to be Skywarn spotters offer a valuable service. At a minimum, it is asked that Sky-warn volunteers review procedures by attending a Skywarn spotter training session every two years.

Spotter training is open to members of the general pu blic, law enforcement, fire officials, and amateur
radio operators, among others. We look fo rward to your participation in Skywarn!

Press Release: Cooling Centers in Imlay City Area

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.