Sen. Proos urges residents to be alert this summer

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — As summer heats up, Sen. John Proos is encouraging residents to take the necessary steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency whether at home or on vacation.

“Being prepared for all types of emergency situations can mean the difference between life and death if disaster strikes,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage all Southwest Michigan families to develop a family plan and to practice it so everyone understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency.”

According to the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) of the Michigan State Police, being ready can be as simple as following the four steps to preparedness:

  • Find out what emergencies may impact your community;
  • Develop a plan for what to do during an emergency;
  • Practice and maintain your plan so everyone knows what to do; and
  • Create an emergency kit with essential items, such as food, water and medications.

“Wireless Emergency Alerts on your mobile devices are a way that technology can help keep you informed and safe — at home or even on vacation,” Proos said. “These alerts are provided at no cost to consumers and are sent out for extreme weather warnings, imminent threats to safety or life, AMBER alerts and national emergency alerts issued by the president.”

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) allow customers to receive geographically targeted alerts regarding public safety emergencies. The alerts are broadcast only from cell towers in the zone of an emergency and consist of a loud tone followed by 90 characters or less of text detailing the time and type of the alert and what action, if any, needs to be taken.

For more information on WEA, visit www.fcc.gov/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea.

To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit the EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or at www.michigan.gov/beprepared. Information and resources for developing an emergency plan and kit are also available on the website.

“Being prepared doesn’t stop when you leave home,” Proos said. “I urge all area families planning a trip this summer to be ready by taking a few simple steps, such as monitoring the weather forecast, keeping a preparedness kit in the car at all times and always keeping the fuel tank more than half full.”

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