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Posted on November 21st, 2018

Infographic demonstrating how to safely handle a Thanksgiving turkey by cleaning the raw turkey, keeping it separate from other kitchen items and foods, cooking it thoroughly, then letting it cool.

The Thanksgiving meal is the largest many cooks prepare each year. Getting it just right, especially the turkey, brings a fair amount of pressure whether or not a host is experienced with roasting one. Follow these tips to make sure your Thanksgiving meal is both delicious and safe to serve.

Steps to follow before cooking a turkey:

  • Read labels carefully. Temperature labels show if the bird is fresh or frozen. If you plan to serve a fresh turkey, purchase it no more than two days before Thanksgiving.
  • Purchase two thermometers: a refrigerator thermometer to ensure the turkey is stored at 40 °F or slightly below and a food thermometer to make sure the cooked turkey reaches a safe 165 °F.
  • Thaw the turkey by using the microwave, the cold water method, or the refrigerator. The refrigerator method is USDA recommended exit disclaimer icon.

Steps to follow when cooking a turkey:

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before touching any food to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness.
  • Do not wash the turkey. This only spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. The only way to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness is to fully cook

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Halloween Health and Safety from the CDC

Posted on October 17th, 2018

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Fall celebrations like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.

Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

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Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

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Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

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Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

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Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.

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Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

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Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

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Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

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Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

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EMS Week

Posted on May 24th, 2018



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National EMS Week


May 20-26, 2018, is the 44th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.

EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”  Whether celebrated with a company cookout or a catered lunch; an open house, an awards ceremony or even quiet reflection about what it means to be an EMS practitioner, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize EMS and all that its practitioners do for our nation.



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National Police Week

Posted on May 11th, 2018

National Police Week

May 13th – 19th, 2018

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as …
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Nurses Week

Posted on May 6th, 2018


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Press Release


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112,

MDHHS recognizes National Nurses Week 2018 

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is joining partners nationwide to celebrate National Nurses Week to highlight the role nurses play in promoting health and wellness.

This year’s theme, Nurses Inspire, Innovate, Influence recognizes the important roles nurses play in protecting, promoting and improving healthcare for all in all healthcare environments and Michigan communities.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6, and ends on May 12 to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing. The purpose of the week-long celebration is to raise awareness around the importance of nursing and the role nurses have in supporting the health and wellness needs of Americans.

“Michigan’s registered nurses play a vital role in helping maintain the health of Michiganders through their hard work and dedication,” said Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “It’s important we thank nurses everywhere for the care they provide to improve the quality of life for their patients, families and Michigan communities.”

Today, there are more than 170,000 licensed nurses in Michigan.

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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

Posted on April 4th, 2018


April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.


Michigan State Police Telecommunicators Week Release 

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You don’t know who I am; to you I am just a voice.
It was me who took your frantic call, when you had no other choice.

I spend many hours waiting, to help when you’re in need.
“Send help to me, please get them here is often what you plead.

To do my job is complex, but only a few tools are a must
Put your faith in me, I am the one that you can trust.

My ears are a necessity; my mouth a mighty sword
I must use my ears to listen, and then choreograph every word.

I am the protector of this land; I take pride in what I do
I am here to listen and do what is best for you.

The day you place a call to me, might be the …
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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools

Posted on March 26th, 2018


What do they do?

They support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts. Established in October 2004 and administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), the REMS TA Center provides a hub of information, resources, training, and services in the field of school and higher ed emergency operations planning. The REMS TA Center does not endorse products, services, or service providers. Additionally, the REMS TA Center does not provide certificates other than certificates of attendance.

Who do they serve?

  • Schools, school districts, and local education agencies (including K-12, public, non-public, and private);
  • Institutions of higher education (including community colleges, universities, and technical schools);
  • State education agencies;
  • Community partners (e.g., law enforcement, public safety, health and mental health agencies);
  • Current or former grantees (e.g., ERCM, REMS, EMHE);
  • Other stakeholders in K-12 or IHE emergency management (e.g., families, non-profit organizations).

What services do they offer?

 Virtual Trainings

they offer live and archived Webinar trainings, PowerPoint presentations for download, as well as have online courses available for self-paced, individual …
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Schools and *Be Alert*

Posted on February 19th, 2015

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Schools and *Be Alert*

The Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Office of Emergency Management is pleased to offer schools in our area access to our newly updated Emergency Notification System. This is available to eligible schools to fill communication gaps between the schools, parents, and staff. For participating schools, parents and teachers will be able to subscribe to alerts the school sends out informing them of school closings and emergent situations. Gone are the phone trees of the past! This service is provided free of charge to schools and parents in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties. Each parent manages their own account, keeping administrative tasks low on school staff. The system provides:

~ A delivery method for emergency messages

~Improved day to day communications

~Support high volume communications

~Share situational intelligence

~Conference Bridging

~Two way notifications

Attention School Administrators!

If your school is interested in hearing more about the *Be Alert* Notification System, please let us know some basic information and we’ll be happy to assist!…
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Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet County Office of Emergency Management P.O. Box 480, Petoskey, MI 49770 855-515-1624