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Senior Times - January 2018
BE PREPARED. BE SAFE. By: Community Service Trooper Kristi Angelo, MSP
I love the song, Let it Snow. “Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”
If only that was the case, however each year there are more crashes due to the winter weather and road conditions.
Remember to “Drive slow on ice and snow,” as the majority of winter driving crashes can be attributed to motorists going too fast for road conditions.
When traveling this winter, please allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Driving slower on snowy and icky roads allows the driver a longer reaction time. It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy conditions.
Prevent Auto Theft While Shopping
As the New Year begins, the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) is reminding the public to be aware of their surroundings and where items are stored in parked vehicles.
Thieves often target shopping center parking lots looking for vehicles with bags and packages left in plain view.
Follow these tips to help lessen the chance of becoming a victim:
• Park in a well-lit area.
• Place shopping bags in the trunk.
• Use storage compartments that
keep valuables out of sight.
• Don’t leave your vehicle
running unattended.
• Watch for suspicious activity or for
anyone who may be following you.
• Close windows when your vehicle
is parked.
• Install a car alarm or panic alarm
on your vehicle.
Over the last 10 years, the ATPA has
assisted in the reduction of motor vehicle thefts in Michigan by 56 percent. The ATPA awards grants to law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, and non- profit organizations for the investigation, apprehension, prosecution, and prevention of motor vehicle thefts. During the 2016 grant year, ATPA grant-funded motor vehicle theft teams made 1,819 arrests and recovered vehicles and parts worth approximately $37 million.
For more information about the ATPA, visit
As we move from the season for giving, why not continue in the New Year by thinking not only of others but also of preparedness and peace of mind for the ones you love. In the cold months that follow you can be prepared in case of an emergency
or disaster. The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division shares five emergency preparedness items worth having in the home or vehicle. These are items that benefit the entire household.
1. Emergency Preparedness Kit: At a minimum, every household should have an emergency kit stocked with
food, water, a first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, clothing, and a blanket. Furthermore, if anyone in the household wears glasses, add to the kit an old pair in case yours are lost or damaged during an emergency. Store the kit in a place that you will go to in case of emergencies that the entire household is aware of.
2. LED Emergency Hand-Crank Lantern: During a power outage,
an emergency hand-crank lantern can provide a light source with just 60 seconds of cranking. Most emergency hand-crank lanterns also have the option to run power from a battery source or utilize solar power.
3. Mobile Phone Battery Charger:
When the power goes out, a mobile phone battery charger can help you stay connected with loved ones.
4. Water Filtration Bottle: Can be used in an emergency to provide clean drinking water or during routine outdoor recreational activities.
5. Disaster Preparedness Book for Kids: A disaster preparedness book can teach children about emergency plans that are in place at home, school or while traveling. These types of books also allow children to participate in their
own personal preparedness.
For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency,
visit or follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.
JANUARY 13, 2018
Brought to you by Miles for Memories
Kellogg Arena Downtown Battle Creek on the BIG screen. Enjoy fun, games, food and beverages from vendors. Participate in the signed memorabilia silent auction and the raffle throughout the evening.
Admission is by donation. All donations benefit Mile For Memories.
Wear your maize & blue or green & white to be entered into the memorbilia drawing.
For more information call (269) 979-1412 ext 305 or email
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