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Library, Summit Open as Warming Centers in Extreme Cold

Canton Township Emergency Management Office offers tips in preparing for severe winter weather.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
Canton Township Public Safety has declared both the Summit on the Park
and the Canton Public Library open to the public as Warming Centers.

The library, located at 1200 Canton Center Rd. is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 12-6 p.m.

The Summit, located at 46000 Summit Parkway, is open Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To prepare for severe winter weather, please follow these recommendations:

At home:
  • Keep a flashlight,a NOAA weather radio and a portable radio on hand along with extra batteries.
  • Store extra food (canned or dried food is best), can opener, and bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person).
  • Make sure each member of household has a warm coat, gloves, hat and water-resistant boots.
  • Ensure that extra blankets and heavy clothes are available.
  • Keep on hand items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Be aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards if you plan to use an emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
  • Don’t forget your pets – be sure to have suitable shelter with food and water when outdoors.
Outside:
  • Be careful and avoid overexertion such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing cars or walking in wet/deep/heavy snow.
  • Walk carefully on snow and ice covered surfaces.
  • Wear loose fitting, lightweight, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget a hat a gloves.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill.
Vehicle Preparedness:
  • Have your vehicle winterized – have a mechanic check the antifreeze, tires, belts, hoses, battery etc.
  • Keep extra windshield washer fluid in your vehicle.
  • Try to keep you fuel tank near full - gas stations may be closed during severe weather.
  • Have an emergency supply kit in your trunk. Include -flares, water, energy bars/nonperishable foods, blanket, shovel, jumper cables, maps, etc).
For more information contact Canton’s Emergency Management Office, at 734-394-5357, email krich@canton-mi.org or visit the website at www.cantonpublicsafey.org.

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