Businesses need severe weather plans too, are you prepared?

mcswaThe state of Michigan has designated April 8-14 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Preparing for severe weather is extremely important. Macomb County businesses should be prepared and educated on what to do in case of a thunderstorm, tornado, power outage, flooding and more.

As a business are you prepared in case of an emergency? What is your business emergency plan if tornados warnings are issued at closing time? Or if severe weather hits and half of your warehouse is flooded?

The Macomb County Office of Emergency Management & Communications urges businesses to be prepared for these events and have plans in place. Some items to consider having in your plan are:

  • What is the communication plan between management and employees
  • What happens if severe weather hits when your employees are in the office or on the road
  • Does your business have emergency supplies, fire extinguishers, flashlights/batteries, first aid kit, drinking water, NOAA weather alert radio/batteries and necessary tools
  • Are tornado shelters clearly label and able to accommodate employees
  • What happens if the production facility is shut down for several days due to a power outage or flooding

There is no better time than now to develop or update a plan. Macomb County Emergency Management & Communications has developed a Community Emergency Preparedness Guide that can help businesses prepare for severe weather and other hazards they may encounter.

Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

I want to go back to college and finish my bachelor’s degree . . . as a working adult with family obligations, can I find the time?

PrintYes! Designed for busy adults, Oakland University – Macomb is offering four accelerated bachelor’s degree completion programs at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens:

  • Bachelor of Science in General Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Classes are offered in the evenings in an accelerated, eight-week sessions that combines classroom work with online assignments.  That means a full-time student would only need to attend class two evenings per week and could complete their degree in two years or less.Finish Line 480x320

“As a single mother working full-time, any free time is a bonus,” says Nakisha Scruggs, a recent graduate. “I wanted to be an example to my daughter and show her that if you want something bad enough and apply yourself, you can do anything.”

If you have some college or are interested transferring, OU-Macomb will offer a Fast-Track Open House on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30-7pm. To learn more, visit

Macomb County has been an integral part of Oakland University’s growth since the institution’s founding 60 years ago. OU is committed to making an impact in Macomb County by enriching lives through expanded access to higher education, nurturing college-bound youth, supporting economic development and engaging with alumni and the local communities.