Oakland County Launches #OakAlert: Emergency Alert System

It’s almost impossible to detect when an emergency is going to happen. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a proactive approach to handling emergency situations.

This week, we announced the launch of OakAlertOakland County’s electronic alert system that enables and empowers the public to be aware of extreme incidents in Oakland County. This FREE service is geared towards providing accurate and helpful information to concerned citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies.

OakAlert iPad


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Holiday Safety Tips


This time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of holiday shopping and travel. It’s great to see family and friends, but before you head out for whatever reason, consider the safety of your home while you’re gone as well as the safety of you and your family while you’re decking the halls. The following tips from the Los Angeles Police Department Crime Prevention Section can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season in Oakland County.

At Home:

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

More tips after the jump!

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Halloween Safety and Hours

Halloween is right around the corner and we want to make sure your holiday is scary, but for all the right reasons. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard offers some great tips on how to stay safe this Halloween.


-Think about visibility when choosing a costume for you or your child and consider adding some reflective material if the costume is dark. Also make sure the costume does not obstruct visibility.

-Travel in groups, carry a flashlight, and know your route.

-Check the Michigan Sex Offender Registry before planning your route to protect your children.

-Drivers should slow down and use extra caution during Trick-or-Treat hours.

-Inspect candy when you/your child gets home. Look for tampering and avoid any homemade treats. Throw out any suspicious candy.

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