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State Partially Activates Emergency Operations Center Due To Severe Weather

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The state of Michigan has partially activated the State Emergency Operations Center due to the severe weather and flooding occurring throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Authorities in Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Osceola and Wexford counties have each declared a “local state of emergency.”

A local emergency declaration enables a county or municipality to execute emergency operations plans, administrate local aid and assistance and issue declarations.

The Michigan State Police is currently working with local emergency management officials to ensure communities have the necessary resources to respond.

Should you lose power, it’s important to remember these tips:

  • Don’t open refrigerators or freezers more often than absolutely necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for 12 hours. Kept closed, a well-filled freezer will preserve food for two days.
  •  Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Leave on one light switch to indicate when power is restored.
  •  Always operate generators outdoors to avoid dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.
  •  If a customer is elderly or has a medical condition that would be adversely impacted by a power outage, they should try to make alternative accommodations with family or friends.
  • During low-voltage conditions – when lights are dim and television pictures are smaller – shut off motor-driven appliances such as refrigerators to prevent overheating and possible damage. Sensitive electronic devices also should be unplugged.
  • Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets or any electrically-operated appliance. The water or moisture may serve as a conductor of electricity. This can cause serious or even fatal injury.

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