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National and Michigan Heat Awareness Day
Friday, May 23, 2014
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year, and claiming more lives than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.
The National Weather Service along with the Oakland County Homeland Security Division has some suggestions to help you and your family stay safe this summer.
Heat Awareness Information.pdf
National Weather Service Extreme Heat Resource
This summer Oakland County Homeland Security would like to remind its residents and visitors to keep boating safety in mind as you enjoy the beautiful inland lakes of Oakland County.
National Safe Boating Campaign
Safe Boating Council
Michigan DNR Boating Information
PREPARE FOR MELTING SNOW & LOCALIZED FLOODING
DRIVING ON ROADWAYS
Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service
Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway
Be especially careful at night or early morning as it can be difficult to see water and judge its depth across the roadway.
Reduce your speed in rain and never enter flowing water. Driving through water reduces tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.
Driving through water makes your vehicle's brakes less effective until they dry out.
Never drive around barricades at water crossings.
If your vehicle ends up submerged in water, immediately exit the vehicle through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 911 from there and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.
Remember it only takes 6 inches of water to reach the bottom of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.
Always carry a cell phone and charger
PROTECTING YOUR HOME
Clear roofs of snow and ice if safe. Once snow melts and freezes to ice, it could quickly turn into ice dams which when melting may damage roofs.
Consider removing snow and ice from the area immediately around your house. The more snow and ice you can remove will minimize the amount of water that may seep into your basement.
Some living close to rivers and lakes should consider sandbagging as a preparedness measure to protect their homes from rising water levels.
Never store perishables or valuables in basements that you can't afford to lose or replace. Do not store any item near basement
storm drain lines to make sure they're clear of debris, roots, etc.
NWS Flood Safety Page
Flooding information from ready.gov
Flooding Preparedness Packet .pdf
ICE - In Case of Emergency
Oakland County Homeland Security Division supports the "ICE" - In Case of Emergency Campaign.
Put "ICE" on your cell phone.
It could save your life.