Warming shelters on standby in Marquette County if needed

Feb 7, 2019

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Emergency Management Office, several township officials and NMU Public Safety have shelter sites on standby if there are extended power outages during the upcoming storm.

They are as follows:

  • Chocolay Township Fire Hall
  • NMU Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF)
  • Negaunee Township Fire Hall
  • Ishpeming Township Fire Hall

Emergency Management Coordinator Theresa Schwalbach says officials are working with the American Red Cross to help with shelter at the Superior Dome. Fire department personnel will assist at their local township halls. Opening the shelters will be determined by officials if outages continue for an extended period.

Schwalbach says residents should have emergency kits at home and in the car in case they get stranded. The kits should include water, blankets, extra clothes, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first aid kit, snacks, an empty tin to put candles in, matches, and a crank radio.

Those who are out on the roads should have a full tank of gas. Leave three car lengths between you and the car ahead of you. Slow down, and be aware of the plows clearing the roadways.

If the power goes out Emergency Management will be in contact with UPPCO and the Marquette Board of Light and Power for updates.