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Responding to an Emergency

March 16, 2012
Last night was a very difficult night for Washtenaw County, with significant damage to homes and businesses in the Dexter area.  Thankfully, it appears injuries were very limited.  Thinking about last night, I am proud of our local leaders.  In Dexter, Superintendent Mary Marshall quickly developed and implemented a plan to support the community by providing facilities and by providing counselors for community members who need support starting today and into the coming week.
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In Saline, our administrators & staff worked to secure the buildings during parent/teacher conferences to protect the parents, students, and fellow staff.  They did an excellent job of communicating with each other & law enforcement, taking appropriate cover, and then getting everyone home when it was safe.
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I also want to express my appreciation to the emergency response workers from all over the area for their diligence in supporting families and for maintaining safety and order through out the night.
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For those who want to help the families, here is some information from the Red Cross:
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Things you CAN do:
Food can be donated either at Mill Creek or the LaFontaine dealership. Things like milk, juice, fresh fruit, and coffee can be used, as well as snack foods, etc.  Many might not have anything but the clothes on their backs! Often insurance $ won’t kick in for a bit but they need just basics for a little while (clothes, shoes, back packs, etc., think of the things you use every day)

The Red Cross website says $ is needed, help get that message out: from their website www.wc-redcross.org“If you would like to make a donation, please call 734-971-5300 or click here to make a secure online donation. We also welcome you to make a donation in person at the American Red Cross, Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter, 4624 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108.”
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