Monday, July 27, 2015

Meridian Township Police Joins National Night Out

Communities participate in crime prevention campaign

On August 4th, 2015, Meridian Township will participate in the celebration of National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime event.  The Meridian Township Police Department will serve as the community hosts as Officers join participating neighborhoods in a variety of activities including block parties, parades, and cookouts while heightening crime prevention awareness and enhancing community relations. 

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and better places to live.  The event takes place in the evening hours on the first Tuesday of August.

“National Night Out is a great way to celebrate our strategic work together to keep Meridian Township safe,” stated Lt. Ken Plaga.  “The sense of family that grows out of neighborhood gatherings helps to strengthen community-public safety collaborations and celebrate our joint commitment to our neighborhoods and our township.”

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood fellowship, and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting against crime.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information about the “National Night Out” campaign or learning how their neighborhood can become involved is encouraged to contact Lt. Plaga at 517.853.4800.    

Friday, July 17, 2015

State Police Urge Michiganders to Prepare for Extreme Heat Saturday

LANSING – With heat index readings expected to be nearly 100 degrees in the southern Lower Peninsula on Saturday, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging citizens to stay protected during the extreme heat.
“Extreme heat has the ability to be life-threating,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking the proper precautions, you can minimize your risk of heat-related illness and stand ready to assist those who are most affected by severe heat.”

To prepare for extreme heat:

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
  • Install central air conditioning or window air conditioners; insulate if necessary.
  •  Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of upcoming temperature changes. Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or overweight, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.
  •  Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
  • Develop a 72-hour emergency supply kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, battery-powered or hand crank weather radio, and items that satisfy unique family needs.

To prevent heat illness:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration
  • Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
  •  Limit vigorous activity.
  • Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
  • Use air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have air conditioning, considering going to a public location or cooling center that does.
For additional guidance and information, call 2-1-1. To learn more about being safe during the extreme heat, go to or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS

Meridian Township's cooling centers:

  • Haslett Public Library
  • Okemos Public Library  
  • Meridian Senior Center
  •  Meridian Mall
  • Meijer
  • Studio C