A MESSAGE FROM DEARBORN'S MAYOR MICHAEL A. GUIDO

 DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES, ONE THING YOU CAN BE SURE OF IS OUR COMMUNITY'S  COMMITMENT TO BE UNIFIED IN OUR PATRIOTISM, TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND TO BE VIGILANT IN OUR PREPARATIONS FOR ANY POTENTIAL EMERGENCIES.

OUR PEACE AND UNITY VIGIL ON SEPTEMBER 19 WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW WE'VE RESPONDED WITH SOLIDARITY AS A CITY, AND OUR MANY FUNDRAISERS ARE ILLUSTRATIONS OF HOW WE'VE EXPRESSED OUR HEARTFELT CONCERN FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN WITHOUT MAJOR INCIDENTS OR VIOLENT EPISODES RELATED TO THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11. BUT , BY NECESSITY, WE'VE INTENSIFIES OUT PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. OUR POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO YOUR CONCERNS IN LIGHT OF THE THREATS FROM ANTHRAX AND SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES THAT HAVE PUT OUR ENTIRE NATION ON ALERT.

IF YOU FEEL UNSAFE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WITH THE HELP OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, OUR OFFICERS ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. DON'T HESITATE TO CALL 911. BUT YOU SHOULD ALSO KNOW THAT WE'LL PROSECUTE ANYONE TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW IF THEY ARE INVOLVED IN A HOAX DESIGNED TO DISRUPT BUSINESS, SCHOOL OR CITY OPERATION, OR FRIGHTEN OUR COMMUNITY. WE ALSO HAVE PLANS IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH REAL EMERGENCIES, INCLUDING OPENING SHELTERS AT MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS SHOULD THE NEED ARISE. BY MY INITIATION, OUR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IMMEDIATELY WILL BECOME AN EFFECTIVE COMMAND POST IF A SERIOUS THREAT IS IDENTIFIED. HOWEVER, AS IMPORTANT AS PREPARATION IS, SO IS COMMON SENSE. DON'T OVERREACT. KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. AS A CITY WE'LL REMAIN READY AND WATCHFUL, BUT WE'RE ALSO CONDUCTING OUR DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS, MAKING SURE YOU RECEIVE THE SERVICES THAT ENABLE YOU TO GO ABOUT YOUR NORMAL ROUTINE.

 

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