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Severe weather season is here, and Washtenaw County Emergency Services is making sure the county is well prepared for any nasty weather.

Emergency Services Director Marc Breckenridge says Washtenaw County is better prepared than most Michigan counties.  He says the county has around 400 trained SkyWarn severe weather spotters, and also works closely with area broadcasters to get the word out about severe weather.

Breckenridge says the county adds outdoor emergency sirens every year.  By the end of this year, he says 75 percent of Washtenaw County will be covered by sirens.

Washtenaw Red Cross Ready To Help In Oklahoma

May 21, 2013
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The Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing for possible deployments to Oklahoma, following Monday's tornado that devastated the city of Moore, just outside Oklahoma City.

Executive Director Donna Duvin says the local chapter hasn't yet received any direct requests for assistance, but stands ready to help.

Duvin says in the event local volunteers are called upon to travel to the tornado-ravaged area, the Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter will still be ready to offer any help necessary to residents in this area.

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A Dexter couple whose home was destroyed by last year's tornado is helping to host a run to raise money for those who helped in the recovery effort.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

JazzRunning.com:

On March 15, 2012 Dexter was hit by an F3 Tornado. Immediately after the tornado the community and surrounding communities came together to put the pieces back together. All proceeds from this run will began to pay back those organizations that supported our community.