Pontiac,Michigan -- In light of the destructive storms that have ravaged southern states in recent days, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson reminds Oakland County residents and businesses to have a severe weather plan.
"Saving lives begins at home," Patterson said. "I encourage all Oakland County residents and businesses to develop an emergency plan in the event of severe weather or other disaster."
The Oakland County Homeland Security Division has a wealth of information on its website to assist all residents – especially those with special needs – and businesses to create a severe weather plan.
"You can cope with disaster best by planning ahead and working with others as a team. Our website not only lists what you need to have in a severe weather plan, but it covers other critical areas such as hazardous materials and public health concerns," said Ted Quisenberry, manager of Oakland County Homeland Security.
A sampling of severe weather tips includes:
- Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days, including bottled water and flashlights.
- Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
- Locate the main electric fuse box, water service main and natural gas main. Learn how and when to turn these utilities off.
- Pick two places to meet (both outside of your home and outside your neighborhood) in case of a sudden emergency.
- Practice your emergency plan.
To learn more about severe weather planning, go to www.oakgov.com/homelandsecurity/ and click on "Info & Publications."
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