MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — During a week of cold and snowy weather the Director of Emergency Services for Muskegon County is thankful for two things. First that there's not been any power outages. And second that a number of business closed or reduced hours on Wednesday, January 30.
"It's helpful because there's less people on the road and that means less accidents," said Richard Warner.
Wednesday the number of Consumers Energy customers without power in the whole state was fewer than 100.
The closures at a number of business in Muskegon was entirely due to the cold and concerns for workers and customers.
Warner says all drivers who do have to go out should be prepared for a breakdown and have lawyers of warm clothing, blankets, and a full tank of gas just in case.
Muskegon County residents are being asked to sign up for the "Code Red" reverse 911 system. It can be done on the Muskegon County Emergency Services web site.
The county has used "Code Red" three times this week to inform residents of the closure of county buildings due to the weather.
The county's official warming center is at the Muskegon Rescue Mission.
"There are times like this when it is life and death," said Dan Skoglund, Executive Director of the Muskegon Rescue Mission.
Numbers at the mission have been high all week. More than 100 individuals stayed at the mission Tuesday night.
"Plus we are working with the Red Cross so if the numbers do become overwhelming for us we have backup," said Skoglund.
The mission offers three meals, a chance for individuals to get out of the cold, and warm clothing too.
The Men's Shelter is on Laketon. The Women's and Family Shelter is on Peck.
The fresh snow at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park made for perfect conditions for cross-country skiing. "Trees are beautiful and they sheltered me from the wind," said Jeff Kommit of Spring Lake.
The temperature was right around 2-degrees when Kommit visited the park.
"If you are dressed right it's not bad," he said.
Most of the businesses closed Wednesday had signs on their doors informing customers that they'd re-open on Thursday.
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