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Dec. 22 Safety Corner

Published 9:35pm Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dowagiac Department of Public Safety Director Thomas A. Atkinson takes a moment at this holiday season to recognize those special “elves” who work tirelessly all year long to help insure the safety of residents and visitors who attend Dowagiac events.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and RACES (ham radio operator) members are vital to the annual Candlelight Parade, Summer in the City, Steve’s Run, Memorial Day Parade, and so much more!
These groups give tirelessly throughout the year in emergency situations and participate in community outreach/safety programs.
An entire network is established to prepare for potential emergency situations that may develop an effective response to protect community members during these events.
RACES (ham radio operators) provide their personal equipment, expertise and time to enhance radio communication.
Many RACES members are also active CERT members and volunteer with trainings, activations and community outreach projects.
We take the opportunity this holiday season to recognize the outstanding dedication of all of these individuals to the Dowagiac community.
Thank you!

Driving safety

Dowagiac Department of Public Safety Director Thomas A. Atkinson reminds citizens to take extra caution as our weather changes to wintry conditions.
Snow, freezing rain and sleet require extra care.
Be sure to stock your snow gear (boots, hat, gloves, etc.), snow shovel, sand and an emergency kit in your car for use in the event you become stranded.
Plan ahead for trips and check weather/ road forecasts before starting out, SLOW DOWN and BUCKLE UP!

Trees still available

Last chance to purchase a beautiful Christmas tree at discount prices!
The Dowagiac Fire Department is continuing its offer of a special sale of fresh cut Fraser Fir trees with prices ranging from $20 to $30 until Dec. 23!
In addition, the proceeds from tree sales will give back to the Dowagiac community through fire prevention and educational programs for students and the public.
Stop by the Fire Station on Wolf Street during sale hours:
Today and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Bring your family out, select the perfect tree to decorate and know that your purchase will continue giving all year long and may actually save someone’s life through fire prevention awareness programs.

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