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Washtenaw County Emergency Officials Urge Severe Weather Preparedness

Apr 29, 2014

Washtenaw County officials are urging residents to prepare for tornado season.

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Benjamin Pinette is Washtenaw County's Emergency Planning Coordinator.

"Severe convective weather is the number one hazard in Washtenaw County," Pinette says.  "We do have a few different methods in place, specifically when a tornado warning's issued."

Pinette says the county will sound its warning sirens and issue weather alerts on the radio during an emergency.

In the event of a tornado, Pinette advises people to seek shelter in a windowless interior room on the lowest level of a building, such as a basement.

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