Saline Police Chief Jerrod Hart issued the following instructions on the Saline Police Department's Facebook Page.
Please keep an eye on the weather throughout the evening and early morning hours. We have a chance of thunderstorm(s) which normally would not prompt a post from us.
However, the basement of the Police Department / Municipal building is designated as a severe weather / tornado shelter and we are in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic.
In the event the severe outdoor warning sirens are activated and/or a tornado warning is issued, we are NOT going to abandon those in need of shelter.
Here is the procedure you will experience if you seek shelter at the Saline Police Department / Municipal Building located at 100 N. Harris St:
1. Once you arrive at the main entrance, you will be greeted by a Uniformed Saline Police Officer or Saline Area Firefighter wearing gloves and a N95 mask.
2. You will be handed a face mask and MUST wear it as you enter the building.
3. You will be given clear direction on how to enter the shelter area in the basement.
4. Once the all clear is given, you will be escorted out of the building as quickly as possible.
Although we stand ready to assist, I suggest you make alternative plans as social distancing will be very difficult under these circumstances.
If you have, or suspect you have COVID-19 or the symptoms of the illness, I respectfully urge you to make alternative shelter plans well ahead of this evenings forecasted storms. We are doing our very best to keep our 1st Responders safe and free from exposure to COVID-19 so we can continue to provide world-class police and fire services.
It is imperative we all continue to follow Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21 - Stay Home / Stay Safe. Lets all do our part to #flattenthecurve