Midland County News

Pipeline Safety Education

  • March 4 2015
Pipeline Safety Education

Emergency responders from Midland County attended a 2-hour training session in Saginaw on March 4th to refresh their procedures dealing with Pipeline Safety.  Members of Midland County's Emergency Management team attended along with representatives of county fire and Midland 911.

While the information was presented to industry professionals, the overarching message urged everyone to call 811 before digging.  The US has over 2.4 million miles of pipeline that provides 65% of our nation's energy.

Homeowners and Contractors can avoid disaster by calling 811 before digging.  Utilities will visit the construction site and provide free location marking.

Dangerous Cold Weather in Forecast

  • February 11 2015
Dangerous Cold Weather in Forecast

The National Weather Service is forecasting statewide wind chills to periodically dip down to 20 degrees below zero or lower through at least Sunday, Feb. 15. The coldest wind chills are expected Saturday night and into Sunday morning and could fall to 30 degrees below zero or colder.

Exposure to these temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

  • Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear—such as hats, mittens and gloves—in addition to a warm coat. Always protect your lungs with a scarf.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person's body more rapidly and could lead to severe hypothermia.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face. A wind chill of 20 degrees below zero can cause frostbite in just 30 minutes.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
  • Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
  • Weather-proof doors and windows to trap heat inside your home.
  • Check heating units. Poorly operating or damaged heating units can release carbon monoxide gas. Test carbon monoxide detectors for proper operation and battery life.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
  • Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.
  • Check and restock your emergency preparedness kit. If you don't have a kit, make one.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing—such as gloves, blankets and hats—in your kit in case you become stranded.

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

  • February 10 2015
Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Judge Donna Morris Remembered

  • February 8 2015
Judge Donna Morris Remembered

Update on Putnam Drive Kennels

  • February 6 2015
Update on Putnam Drive Kennels

Update on Putnam Drive Kennels

On February 6th, 2015 Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson, met with the family that owns the property and kennels on Putnam Drive, in Homer Township of Midland County.  After a lengthy conversation, the family chose to voluntarily surrender all of the dogs that were being kept in the outside kennels, to an animal rescue organization. 

The animals were transported from the address on Putnam Drive, by the Animal Control Division, of the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.  Arrangements have been made for the animals to be turned over to a rescue organization, “A New Start on Life” located in Holland, Michigan.


Sheriff Scott Stephenson