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Northfield Township Police Department
Sunday May 19th, 2019 :: 10:42 p.m. EDT


Tornado Season is Upon us

Tornado Season is Upon Us

Tornado Season in Michigan began in April and usually peaks about mid-June.The Northfield Twp Police again remind all residents and community members that in the event of a severe weather warning siren, take cover. Community members can use the Northfield Twp Public Safety building as their Short Term Safety Evacuation Site.

Those wishing to seek safety in the Public Safety building will enter through the front doors of the facility, go to the basement and register with the Public Safety Emergency volunteer.

Tornadoes are violent storms that can leave behind devastation and fatalities within seconds. Winds can travel up to 300 miles per hour and the path of the tornado can reach a width greater than a mile. .

A tornado watch is issued whenever conditions exist for severe weather to develop. A watch gives you time to plan and prepare.

A tornado warning is issued by the local Weather Service whenever a tornado has been sighted or the NWS Doppler Radar indicates. You must act immediately when you hear the warning signal.

During a tornado warning FEMA recommends that :

If you are in a building:
•Go to the basement, if no basement is available; go to the center of an interior room at the lowest level away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls
•Get under a sturdy table & cover your neck and head with your arms
•Do not open windows

In a high rise building:
•Go to the lowest level and to a small interior room or hall

In a mobile home:
•Get out and get to the closest building or community shelter such as the Northfield Public Safety building.

If outside:
•Get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and attempt to drive to a shelter
•If your vehicle is hit with flying debris, stop and park your car
•Stay in the car with your seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket or coat
•If you can safely get to a lower level of ground, leave your car and lay in that area with your head covered with your hands
•Stay out from under overpass or bridge. You are safer in low, flat location.
•Watch for flying debris.

****Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems go down or are busy during disasters. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family members.

For more info on FEMS’s Ready - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed regarding tornadoes- visit

Northfield Township Police Department
8350 Main St
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 734-449-9911

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