Approved: Paging Tower In Clifford Village

Yesterday evening the Clifford Village Council unanimously approved the construction of a fire/EMS paging tower on Village property and advised that construction could begin immediately.

radio_towerHowever, we still need to wait on several federal environmental studies to conclude in the next couple of weeks as well as FCC license modifications.

Motorola will begin ordering the steel and associated equipment for the site and electronics which shouldn’t take too long to come in.

This paging tower will bring much needed coverage to the northernmost portions of the county. We will have the antenna’s pointing in a directional pattern toward the south to cover Clifford, Burlington Township and parts of Rich and North Branch Township’s.

By increasing the coverage footprint in these area’s, the fire departments, medical first responders and Lapeer County EMS ambulances will better be able to receive their calls for service from dispatch. In turn they will be able to get a better response in terms of personnel and timeliness.

Road Work Updates

9069965-largeA note from the Michigan Department of Transportation:

Last year we replaced the bridge over the abandon railroad north of town or just south of Davis Lake Road. The final work on the project will be to complete the final asphalt paving which will start next week 5/20, weather permitting.

To complete this work we will keep a lane open in each direction by shifting traffic onto the shoulder or into the left turn lane.

You may have a slight delay through the area but traffic should be able to move fairly well. The work will take between 3 and 4 days to complete if mother nature cooperates.

We also learned that the road work for M-24 from W Genesee St to I-69 has been pushed off until 2014.

A note from the Lapeer County Road Commission:

Millville at McKeen Road work will start on Monday. There will be a full detour set up (Bronson Lake to Klam to Marathon to Peters).
Buses will be able to get through on Monday and Tuesday, but probably not on Wednesday. We will try to keep them informed ahead of time when they will be able to get through. The project should hopefully be open to traffic again in about 3-4 weeks.

Clark at Turrill Road work will start on Monday. There will be a full detour set up (Turrill to M-24 to Newark). The road project will be completely north of Higley, but there may be guardrail or tree work happening to the south of Higley occasionally.
Buses will be able to get through on Monday and Tuesday, but probably not on Wednesday. We will try to keep them informed ahead of time when they will be able to get through. The project should hopefully be open to traffic again in about 3-4 weeks.

Shelter Move: North Branch to Columbiaville

Last week the shelter and generator that we have been using in North Branch since 1996 was lifted and moved to our new paging location in Columbiaville. We’ve moved away from the North Branch site to avoid paying continuing rental fees to American Tower Corporation. This site will also bring improved coverage to the Columbiaville and Otter Lake areas for EMS and fire paging.

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The next steps for the Columbiaville site are to bring electricity to the site, install the equipment and then provide connectivity back to the main system. At this time, it is undetermined how long it will take to get connectivity as we are still working out those details.

Below is an 18 minute video cut of the lifting and setting of the shelter and generator.

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This Week Is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

911_the_number_to_know_bugThis week—April 14-20, 2013—is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. It is designated as a time when citizens can thank public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. Americans can show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies.

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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!