Ready for Response

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

Much to many people's chagrin in mid-Michigan, Lansing is not considered part of the Super Bowl's hot zone. The area misses out on the money and the excitement, but the good news is that means it's also not considered to be at risk.

That's why the Red Cross is using Lansing as the hub for their disaster operations. They've sent a team of national leaders to Lansing to stay the weekend, in case of the unthinkable. They have about 90 local volunteers on call and the shelters are on alert as well.

The thinking: Detroit's own Red Cross chapter would be affected by any kind of disaster, and Lansing is both just far and just close enough.

Mid-Michigan's police force is also shifting resources southeast. Both the Jackson post and the Lansing post of the Michigan State Police have squads helping in Detroit. The homeland security division can't offer specifics, but they say they've moved some of their emergency response resources toward the Motor City.

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