Sunday, March 20, 2011

Protect your home and family from nature’s destructive force

Metro Newspaper Services

Images of the disaster in Japan are a cruel reminder that our planet can be beautiful and wicked at the same time. Most of us in Michigan are not likely to experience an earthquake or tsunami unless traveling outside of the state or country. What we will face in the next couple of months is spring.

“Powerful spring storms can unleash some of nature’s most destructive forces: tornadoes and floods,” said Douglas Moore, a spokesman for American Medical Response, a provider of medical transportation and personnel including EMTs, paramedics and RNs. 

To prepare and protect residents in the event of severe weather, AMR suggests the following Federal Emergency Management Agency safety tips:
There’s a reason for the sirens. If you hear a tornado siren or see a tornado warning issued for your area on television, go to the basement or lowest level of your house and take shelter in an inner hallway or room without windows, such as a closet or bathroom.

Do not count on the tornado missing your mobile home or that any tie-downs will prevent high winds from damaging it. Seek shelter in a building with a strong foundation or take cover in a ditch or low-lying area a safe distance from the mobile home. Lie face down and cover your head and neck with your hands.

If you’re in a vehicle, seek shelter immediately. Do not try to drive out of the path or outrun it. Tornadoes can change direction instantly and can/will lift a vehicle into the air. Pull the vehicle over and take shelter in a nearby building or low-lying area away from the vehicle.

Spring storms, no matter where you live, can create flooding conditions. Small creeks or streams and even low-lying ground can flood. Also be aware that not all conditions have to be the same. Some floods happen slowly after an extended period of rain, while others can happen in a matter of minutes, without any visible rainfall.

Try to avoid driving, hiking or walking in areas that are prone to flooding such as drainage channels or the Clinton River, if you see signs of heavy clouds or rain.

Never try to wade through moving water: 6 inches of moving water can cause a person to fall. Also avoid driving through a flooded area: again, 6 inches of water can make it difficult to control a car and a foot of water will cause even a truck to float, taking control of the vehicle away completely.

Send your comments or home and garden tips to Gina Joseph, The Macomb Daily, 100 Macomb Daily Drive, Mount Clemens, MI 48043, or e-mail them to gina.joseph@macombdaily.com.

Will the crime drama shot in the D survive?

The final episode of the first ever made-in-Detroit prime-time network series airs at 10 p.m. tonight on ABC (WXYZ-TV Channel 7). Despite rumors of its death fans of the gritty cop show have not given up hope for a second season. Listed below are several campaigns fired off by viewers looking to save the show.

* Online petition: Renew "Detroit 1-8-7"

* On Facebook: Keep "Detroit 1-8-7" on ABC

* Save "Detroit 1-8-7" letter campaign
  Paul Lee, ABC
  Entertainment President
  500 S. Buena Vista St.
  Burbank, CA 91521

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