By Jennie and Barb

Do you know what to do in the event of a severe thunderstorm, a tornado alert, or other weather emergencies? Although you shouldn’t live in fear of the weather in Michigan, it’s a good idea that you and your family are prepared to cope with weather emergencies. You should have a plan for you and your family, and know for example, what emergency supplies to keep at home, where all your important papers are, and where to go in the case of an emergency. Here are some websites that will provide you with a lot of helpful information:

https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

and/or

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit

The following site is also useful for information on the emergency management system in Washtenaw County.

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/emergency_management/em_severe.html

The Ann Arbor Police Department is also recommending this publication.  It gives a lot of very good information on what to do in extreme weather.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/SWApacket_554981_7.pdf

You should also check with your building management team or property owner ahead of time about what shelter is provided in case of an emergency. They may direct you to the basement of your house or to a safe area in the building.

Above all, do not attempt to stay outside or drive in serious weather conditions.  Finding shelter and safety where you are is the priority.