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Washtenaw County Emergency Services

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The number of coronavirus cases has grown in Michigan, including here in Washtenaw County.  Numerous tests are still pending, so the situation will get worse long before it gets better.  WEMU's David Fair speaks to Washtenaw County emergency services director Dave Halteman, who explains how the county has prepared for a worse-case scenario.

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This week on “In The Public Interest,” our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, WEMU’s Lisa Barry continues the “Get to Know Your County Government” series talking to Dave Halteman, director of Washtenaw County Emergency Services, who says they take an “all hazards approach” to emergencies in the county.

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Residents were evacuated Thursday afternoon in Pittsfield Township after an explosion took place at the Ann Arbor Welding Supply company, near the intersection of Carpenter and Morgan Roads.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was on the scene and has the story.


Washtenaw County will participate in a state-wide tornado warning test tomorrow. 

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Officials in Washtenaw County say they’re prepared for a potential emergency in light of an attack on Washington D.C. threatened by international militants.



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

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.


Severe weather season is here, and Washtenaw County Emergency Services is making sure the county is well prepared for any nasty weather.

Emergency Services Director Marc Breckenridge says Washtenaw County is better prepared than most Michigan counties.  He says the county has around 400 trained SkyWarn severe weather spotters, and also works closely with area broadcasters to get the word out about severe weather.

Breckenridge says the county adds outdoor emergency sirens every year.  By the end of this year, he says 75 percent of Washtenaw County will be covered by sirens.