State Police Encourage Michiganders to Prepare for Severe Weather Threatening MichiganContact: Dale R. George, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-284-3962
April 13, 2018
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 www.michigan.gov/roadconditions. Major road closures can be found at 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.
- 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).