“Be a Force of Nature”

Guest Blogger: Lieutenant Ryan Gagnonlightning

I consider myself a bit of a “weather geek” and enjoy tracking the weather and storms as they roll through the area from time to time.  This week our nation’s attention has turned to the people of Moore, Oklahoma and the tragedies they have suffered as a result of the tornado.  My thoughts and prayers are with those families who lost loved ones and for many of them young children as a result of this storm.  I can not imagine what those families are going through.

It does make us pause for a moment and consider what things we can prepare for in the event of severe weather.  If you haven’t thought about it, now is a good time to consider what measures you can take at home or at work to be prepared.  Do you know the safest location in your home to go to in the event of a tornado?  What if you are driving, what would you do?  Are you prepared for prolonged power outages or damage to your home?  Have you discussed these things with your family or children?  It is always better to have a plan in place now than to try to deal with things after they happen.

Here in the City of Auburn Hills we continue to update and practice our emergency operation plans.  We recently conducted training exercises with all departments in the city for a severe weather incident.  All of the departments work very well together as a team and will be prepared to deliver the best possible service in the event of a major emergency or disaster.

An important part of your personal preparedness is to not always depend on someone else for immediate assistance.  Depending on the scope of the problem, assistance will be prioritized by saving and preserving life first and then assisting others as more resources are put into place.  In the event of a disaster, FEMA recommends that people should be prepared to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours.  This includes enough food, water, and temporary shelter.  The following links provide some additional information for all of us to stay prepared and “be a force of nature” to assist others in time of need.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html

http://www.ready.gov/

Please take a moment to seriously discuss and consider a plan of action for family.  Reach out to your neighbors and those around who may not be able to provide for themselves.

Stay Safe

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I'm the Chief of Police for the Auburn Hills Police Department.