No Need to Improve Security at Great Lakes Crossings –We’re Already There

If you are a news watcher, you are probably aware that there has been a report that an ISIL group released a video over the weekend suggesting that someone should attack shopping malls in America.  There has not been a specific threat against any mall in Michigan. Given the world we live in, we think about […]

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Emergency Medical Dispatch has Changed the Way We Respond

You might recall that earlier this year we made a move to Emergency Medical Dispatch.  We purchased a nationally known software package developed by emergency medical personnel to direct our dispatchers more effectively in how to deal with callers with medical emergencies.  It is a system used around the country.   In the past, we did […]

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Mall Exercise Last Night

We had an EXCELLENT training event last night at Great Lakes Crossings Mall.  It was a full-scale event involving people who played roles as the bad guys AKA active shooters, press people, wounded victims.  Most of us, including me, played our own roles–what we would do in the event of an incident like this.  FBI […]

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M59 Road Closure

I hope you weren’t one of the people who was caught up in the M59 road closure this morning.  It started from a truck that hit a power wire hanging low across the freeway at about 0250 this morning.  We moved as quickly as possible to notify as many people as we could.  Of course we […]

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Something New!

I’ve decided to expand my media activities to include podcasting.  I’m a podcast listener myself so I am very familiar with the idea of using podcasts to share information.   These are brief bits of information on topics you care about in our community. So this is my first one and we expect to have several […]

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Winter Is Here For Sure

I hope your holidays were were fun, restful and full of great times with your family and friends.  As we all know, winter is here in Michigan.  We’ve just weathered one storm and are heading into another this weekend.  The snow will be starting about 8 pm Saturday night (tomorrow) and will continue all night […]

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Crowdsourcing in Emergency Managment

FEMA -Federal Emergency Management Administration has added a new app on the Android platform which “crowdsources” data in emergency situations.  One of the biggest issues after a big emergency situation like a tornado, wildfire or other similar disruptive event is getting damage information.  It is very difficult to get information which is used to help responders […]

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“Be a Force of Nature”

Guest Blogger: Lieutenant Ryan Gagnon 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 […]

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