Some State Offices Remain Closed Due to Power Outages

Contact: Dale George, EMHSD PIO, 517-284-3962

March 10, 2017

Power outages across the state resulting from Wednesday’s severe weather have caused several state facilities to remain closed today, including five Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) offices and two Secretary of State branch offices, according to the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).

State facilities closed today include:

  • MDHHS office – Ionia County
  • MDHHS office – Washtenaw County
  • MDHHS office – Conner District, Wayne County
  • MDHHS office – Taylor District, Wayne County
  • MDHHS office – Madison Heights, Oakland County
  • SOS branch office – Belleville
  • SOS branch office – Rochester Hills
  • MDOT Brighton Transportation Service Center
  • MDOT Dundee Welcome Center
  • MDOT Taylor Transportation Service Center

At closed MDHHS offices, signs are posted with a phone number in the event a customer needs emergency assistance. Reports of the abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults can be made by calling 1-855-444-3911. Public assistance benefits customers can apply online or check the status of their cases at www.michigan.gov/mibridges.

SOS customers are encouraged to use the online services at ExpressSOS.com or visit another local branch office. Office locations and hours can be found online at the Branch Office Locator, which will be updated as offices have power restored.

In the event that any office reopens today, that information will be posted at www.michigan.gov. Residents can also follow Michigan.gov on Facebook.

As a reminder, in the aftermath of the storms, it’s important to follow some general safety precautions, including:

  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to police and the utility company.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
  • Avoid actions that can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide:
    • Do not use a grill indoors.
    • Do not use an unvented gas or kerosene heater.
    • Do not use a generator in the house or garage.
    • Do not use an oven or stove to heat your home.
  • Use extreme caution when driving, especially if traffic signals are out. When a signal at an intersection loses power and there are no other traffic control devices (e.g., stop sign, yield sign, temporary signal, temporary sign) or police officers present at that intersection to provide direction, the intersection is subject to the general right-of-way requirements of MCL 257.649, which provides:
    1) The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right of way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway.
    2) When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the vehicle on the right.
  • Avoid driving through standing water and flooded roadways. Remember: “Turn around, don’t drown.”
  • Be careful when entering any structure that has sustained damaged.
  • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris. Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.

​Personnel with the MSP/EMHSD will continue to monitor the situation and take prudent action should conditions warrant. Anyone needing assistance should contact their local emergency management agency or call 2-1-1.

For more preparedness tips about what to do before, during and after a storm or power outage, visit www.michigan.gov/beprepared.