Apr 13

Texting to 911 Service

text911Text messaging is very popular these days for anyone with a smartphone and billions of texts are sent each day in the United States. The ability to send a text message to emergency services is something new to public safety and Lapeer County was the first in the State of Michigan to implement the service. Click here to see a map of counties in the state and their text to 911 service status.

While the service is still in its infancy, it can be a valuable tool in certain situations. An example of where texting to 911 would be appropriate is when a person is hiding in a closet from an intruder in their home. Texting would give the advantage of being silent and still getting a hold of help, whereas calling on the phone could possibly give your hiding location away. Another benefit would be when a cell phone has too poor of a signal to make a call. Sometimes with poor signal a text message might still get through, especially if a person is lost in the woods and is far from a cellular tower.

We wish to caution everyone that the text to 911 service may not always be the best option to choose in an emergency. Texting emergency services can be much slower compared to a regular telephone call, causing delays in gathering information and sending help. By calling 911 on the telephone dispatchers can gather information more quickly and efficiently and get help coming much faster.

Additionally, a telephone call can help dispatchers learn more about the situation by hearing background noises, the caller’s tone and demeanor as well as provide better assurances to the caller that they’re being helped. In medical cases, a regular 911 call can provide pre-arrival instructions which will help patients before an ambulance arrives on scene.

Lapeer County Central Dispatch has text to 911 support for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

If there is a problem with a particular carrier’s service or your carrier isn’t supported by the text to 911 service, and you attempt to text 911, you will be given a bounce back message from the carrier advising you to dial 911 on the telephone instead.

Sending fake or prank texts to 911 is a prosecutable offense just the same as abusing the 911 system in general.

We at Lapeer County Central Dispatch encourage everyone to make a regular telephone call to 911 in emergencies when they are able to, rather than text messaging to 911. That will aid us in getting you help much faster.

NBC TV 25 WEYI Story on Text to 911

Apr 06

Press Release: M-24 (S Main St) Reconstruction Resumes April 13

MDOT banner 9-16-13 update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​                                                     MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015

CONTACT: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications, crossd2@michigan.gov

COUNTY:

Lapeer

HIGHWAY: 

M-24

CLOSEST CITY:

Lapeer

START DATE:                   

Monday, April 13, 2015

ESTIMATED END DATE:           

Mid-September 2015

PROJECT DETAILS:

M-24 will be reconstructed from Demille Road to Nepessing Street in the city of Lapeer and Lapeer Township as part of the second year in a two-year project.

In addition to road construction, the $17.5 million project also includes:

– storm and sanitary sewer,

– water main and hydrants,

– sidewalk and signal upgrades,

– curb and gutter replacement,

– shoulder improvements,

– constructing a nonmotorized path from Turrill Road to Tower Street,

– replacing the M-24 culvert over Farmers Creek, and

– installing a new lighted pedestrian tunnel.

All side street approaches within the project limits will be included in the reconstruction.

Access to all businesses will be maintained for the duration of this project.

TRAFFIC IMPACT:

– M-24 will be reconstructed from Demille Road to Nepessing Street, with one lane closed in each direction and all traffic shifted to the northbound lanes.

– The Farmers Creek bridge will be replaced, with traffic detoured from July 8 to Aug. 23, and

– Left turns will be prohibited, except at traffic signals.

BACKGROUND:

The overall project includes reconstructing 2 miles of M-24 from south of I-69 to Nepessing Street. M-24 was reconstructed from I-69 to Demille Road in 2014.

Apr 02

Press Release: Accidental Death (tree cutting related death)

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Wednesday 04-01-2015 at 3:06 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Caster Drive in Attica for an individual was that injured while cutting down a tree.

Jeremy Machiela age 35 from Columbiaville and four family members were removing two trees at a privately owned residence. The trees were mature with an estimated height of 60 feet and two feet in diameter trunks. A bucket lift was utilized to cut a tree which was  positioned near shed.

Jeremy Machiela was positioned within the bucket lift and about thirty feet off the grounds. A chain saw was being used to cut the tree. A rope pulled by three males was attached to the upper section of tree  being removed to control the fall. The upper section of tree did not fall like anticipated (opposite direction) and  subsequently struck the bucket lift.

The bucket lift and tree fell onto the roof (collapsing the roof) of the nearby  shed. Jeremy Machiela was wearing the safety harness but ejected from the bucket and struck the roof. Jeremy  Machiela was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Equipment failure does not appear to be a contributing factor.  The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office as assisted at the scene by Lapeer County EMS and Attica Township Fire  Department. This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

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