Meridian Township COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO 2013 ICE CRISIS

Dear Meridian Township Residents,

Meridian Police answering Ice Storm Emergency
Meridian Police answering Ice Storm Emergency

The ice storm has created havoc over the holiday season and I want to thank the Meridian Township Board and our Staff for all they have done to step up to plate in answering the call to one of the worst ice storms in Meridian’s history. I want to share with you some of the efforts our staff has made to ensure the safety and welfare of our residents. Not only has Consumers Energy called in over 1,000 workers from out of state to address the power outages, but Meridian Township staff members have worked countless hours through the holidays to serve Meridian residents during the storm and through the aftermath.

Since Sunday, we have created a warming shelter to serve as a mini motel complete with showers and   food served by our team members. The Meridian Police Department Team have staffed the warming shelter 24/7 as a safety precaution for our residents. They have also increased focused police patrols in the neighborhoods that remain dark including calling in extra police and fire to handle the aberration in daily call volume. The Ingham County Road Department quickly placed stop signs in appropriate areas where signals where out and our police directed traffic where needed.  Our Police Team also answered to calls of downed wires and branches marking necessary areas with police tape.

FIRE on Scene
Meridian Fire answering Ice Storm Emergency

Emergency staff have been making periodic visits to large apartments and senior citizen complexes to check on our vulnerable citizens including offering transport to our most vulnerable to the warming shelter. Our Fire Department Team have been going out and doing well being checks as calls come in from concerned people about their loved ones including recontacting the caller or letting the person being checked on use a phone to call them directly. Medical equipment has been given to people to get them by until they can be resupplied.

Emergency Communications Press Conference
Emergency Communications Press Conference

Our Communications Department Team continues to work with administration and police and fire to bring safety tips, awareness, and updates to our residents through blogs, social media, the Meridian Township website, and emails. I have been and will continue to be in daily contact with the power providers to make sure Meridian Township is responded to.

brush on sidewalk
Meridian Township will facilitate a community wide brush pick up program

We are establishing a quick and decisive response to handle the plethora of brush and tree limbs. To the extent possible and with your help, Meridian Township will be facilitating some curbside pick up of fallen branches less than 4 feet long and 4 inches in diameter beginning the first week of January. Details will be posted on the Meridian Township website Monday, December 30th. Brush and limbs are to be placed between the sidewalk and road.

Thank you for your patience and we will not rest until Meridian residents are with power.

Frank Walsh
Meridian Township Manager

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