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Press Release

Severe Weather Awareness Week - April 6-12, 2014

Release date: 2/19/2014

Governor Rick Snyder and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson have declared the week of April 6 through April 12, 2014 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Oakland County Homeland Security Division will be engaged in various public education efforts during Severe Weather Awareness Week. These efforts include instruction on suggested preparations for minimizing the loss of life and destruction of property that can result from severe weather.

During the 2013 severe weather season there were 131 storm-based warnings issued for SE Lower Michigan. There were 8 recorded tornados (our average is six). The warning lead time average was 22 minutes for all severe weather events.

In an effort to promote severe weather safety preparedness, we will conduct a special test of our Outdoor Warning System on:

Wednesday. April 9, 2014 at 1:00pm

The purpose of this test is to raise the awareness level of our citizens and offer schools and businesses an opportunity to test their internal disaster plans during normal business hours.

A significant part of our program is geared toward educating individuals about severe weather safety and the Oakland County Outdoor Warning System. To assist in this effort, a limited supply of the enclosed sample brochures are available for distribution at no cost and can be obtained by filling out the attached order form . A few additional suggestions to assist you with this promotional campaign are noted below:

  1. Provide information that will heighten awareness of the Oakland County Outdoor Warning System and what to do when the sirens are activated.
  2. Review or develop tornado "take cover" plans (planning materials are available through Oakland County Homeland Security Division).
  3. Provide instruction on tornado safety.
  4. Publicize the date and time of the test - Wednesday, April 9 at 1:00pm

Thank you for your support of our Severe Weather Awareness Program. Your assistance is vital to our continued success. For more information please visit



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