Severe Weather Awareness Week April 8 - 14, 2018
While springtime in Michigan has us yearning for such outdoor activities as gardening, swimming, boating, golf and baseball, it also brings with it a change in our weather patterns and a chance for severe weather that can be characterized by lightning, thunder, wind and rain.
Each year in the State of Michigan, we designate one week as Severe Weather Awareness Week, which , this year, will be from April 8 - 14. Macomb County Emergency Management & Communications would like to take this opportunity to remind our community of the importance of planning for these events.
Preparing for these extreme weather events is the responsibility of every person, business and government. Awareness of emergency alert signals and a developed plan of action can save lives and reduce property damage. Thunderstorms, flooding, tornadoes and lightning strikes are not rare occurrences in Macomb County, and citizens should take steps today to prepare for the hazardous event of tomorrow.
Many types of alerting systems exist to warn us of impending danger. These include outdoor warning sirens, the Emergency Alert System, television, radio and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather/all hazard alert radios. Many public and private companies also allow for these alerts and warning to be sent electronically via cell phone to residents. All of these warning systems alert the citizen that there is a possible threat in the area.
In addition to knowing the various hazards and warning mechanisms that are in place, it is also important to plan ahead to protect family, friends, employees, homes and businesses by creating an emergency plan. Macomb County Emergency Management & Communications has developed a guide that can help local citizens and business owners with this plan and it also provides other tips and tools for pre-planning which include creating an emergency supply kit, evacuation tips, an emergency communications plan and other important activities. For additional information please view the Severe Weather Packet.