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Are you prepared for severe weather?

The Swan Inn was demolished in the April 11, 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. The building was at the intersection of Alpine Avenue and 6 Mile Road. One of the guests was fatally injured. Photo credit: Walter L. Nelson, via The National Weather Service.

The Swan Inn was demolished in the April 11, 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. The building was at the intersection of Alpine Avenue and 6 Mile Road. One of the guests was fatally injured. Photo credit: Walter L. Nelson, via The National Weather Service.

We don’t see a lot of tornadoes in our area, but they do happen in Michigan. It was on Palm Sunday, 50 years ago this Saturday, April 11, 1965, that 47 tornadoes broke out in several Midwest states—including here in Kent County—killing and injuring hundreds of people.

That F4 tornado traveled over 20 miles north of Grand Rapids and caused five deaths and injured almost 150 people. Thirty-four homes were destroyed and nearly 200 others damaged near the northern suburbs of Comstock Park and Alpine. Damage amounts were estimated at almost $15 million. And it didn’t stop in Comstock Park—the storm tracked west of Rockford and up to the Cedar Springs area.

This photo shows the path of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado, from Allendale to Cedar Springs. Photo from the National Weather Service.

This photo shows the path of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado, from Allendale to Cedar Springs. Photo from the National Weather Service.

Many areas where the Palm Sunday storm tracked were fields and farmland, but now are more densely populated. If we had a storm of that magnitude again, would you be ready?

April 12-18 is Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week. Last year, there were 13 tornadoes across the state of Michigan. The most damaging was an EF1 tornado in Kent County in July. The tornado started near 60th and Clyde Park SW, moving northeast through Kentwood, and ending near 44th and Kalamazoo SE. The twister traveled 6 miles, damaging homes and causing six injuries in its path. Michigan had 13 tornadoes (just short of the annual average of 15) and fortunately, no one was killed in these storms. Other severe weather incidents in the state caused one death, 13 injuries, and the most damaging severe weather season in Michigan’s history, due to flooding in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Be vigilant whenever severe weather is in the forecast.

This year, as we enter Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week, it’s a great time to refresh your supplies and make sure you are prepared. Make sure you have a flashlight, fresh batteries, enough water for three days, canned food items and a can opener, an all-weather radio, and a first aid kit. You should also remember the difference between a watch and a warning:

WATCH: The potential exists for the development of storms/tornados. You can continue your normal activities, but be mindful of changing conditions.

WARNING: Severe storms are imminent or occurring. Move indoors to a place of safety. If it is a Tornado Warning, take shelter in a basement or the inner-most closet of your home.

“While no location is completely safe from a tornado or severe thunderstorm, it is important to seek all possible protection,” said Jack Stewart, Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator. “Make sure you and your family take cover in a location on the lowest level of the building, like the basement, or in a small, windowless room at the innermost part of the building. Protect yourself by covering your body with items such as a coat or blanket.”  In the event of a tornado, kneel down and bend into a ball-like position, using your arms to cover your head and neck. If flooding occurs, move to higher grounds and evacuate quickly if told to do so.

Plan in advance for disasters to know how you and your family will get to a safe place, how to contact each other and what to do in different situations. Determine a location where you would meet in an emergency, both near your house and further away, in case your neighborhood streets are closed. If a disaster occurs, it may be easier to make a long-distance phone call to a designated out-of-town contact, as phone lines may be overwhelmed. Make sure that person is aware that he or she is the designated contact. You should also have a disaster plan for your pets as well.

Check out our Severe Weather Awareness packet here – Severe Weather awareness week.pdf 

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Easter services 2015

EasterBasketGod wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!


Community Good Friday Service 

April 3: You are invited to join together in worship with the churches of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. Children’s programming provided through 4th grade. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Resurrection Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Please join us as we celebrate our Lord’s life, death and resurrection.

March 29: Palm Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

April 2: Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion and Tenebrae worship service at 7:00 p.m.

April 3-4: A time for individual prayer 9:30 a.m.a to 5: 30 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

April 5: Easter Sunday Sunrise service 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Fellowship Hall (free-will offering) at 8:30 a.m. Easter worship with communion at 10 a.m. One service only. Call 696-11-40 for more info.

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024-18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Easter Morning Worship at 9:30 a.m. w/ Easter Brunch following.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 3: Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m.

April 5: Easter Sonrise Service at 8:30 p.m.

Easter Service at 10:45 a.m.

Maranatha Baptist Church

12786 Algoma Ave. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Sunrise Service at 8:00 a.m, Easter Breakfast at 8:45, and Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Pioneer CRC

3592 17 Mile RD NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 5: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

April 4: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza, egg hunt and more 1 – 2:30 p.m.

April 5: Easter morning Worship Services at 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

St. John Paul II Catholic Church 

3110 17 Mile Road NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319


April 2: Mass of the Lord’s Supper Holy Thursday: Mass at 7p.m.

April 3: Good Friday: The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord 12 Noon

April 4: Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 8 p.m.

April 5: Easter Sunday: Mass at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 5 p.m.

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

April 3:  Community Good Friday Worship Service at 6:30 p.m.

April 5:  Easter Sunday Morning Services at 9:45a.m. & 11:15a.m.

Have you heard about NBC’s new A.D. TV series? Jesus’ death and resurrection changed the world—but it’s just the beginning of the story!  Learn more as we dive deeper into the stories from A.D. with inspiring messages and video clips from the TV series. For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970. We are located at 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. We hope to see you at The Springs this Easter!”


Community Good Friday Service 

April 3: The community is invited to worship together on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford. The theme is “The Seven Last Words of the Cross.” Sponsored by the Rockford Ministerial Association.

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford, MI 49341

April 2: Maundy Thursday 10:00 a.m. breakfast

April 4: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza – Egg Hunt Noon-12:30; Games, Crafts & Hot Dog Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.

April 5: Easter morning worship at 10:00 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Free

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341

Saturday, April 4: Free Family Easter Carnival 10am -11:30am (Egg Hunt to follow @ 11:30am)

Sunday, April 5: Easter Services- 10:45am

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Drive, Belmont

April 2:  Maundy Thursday 7:00 pm – The Last Supper and Stripping of the Altar

April 3:  Good Friday 7:00 pm – Stations of the Cross

April 4:  Holy Saturday 7:00 pm – The Vigil of Easter with Champagne Reception

April 5:  Easter Sunday 9:00 Breakfast;

10:00 am – Easter Resurrection Worship

Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 Fourteen Mile Rd, NE; Rockford, MI  49341

April 2:  Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m.

April 5:  Easter morning worship at 9:30 a.m.


Good Friday Walk and Remember

April 3: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village churches and listen to the thoughts of characters who experienced the crucifixion first hand. From noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3. Begin at the Catholic Church (1 W. Maple), then visit the Full Gospel and Resurrection Lutheran Churches, and end at Sand Lake United Methodist, with light refreshments after. Families and children encouraged to come.

Church of the Full Gospel

180 E. Lake St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

April 5: Easter Service 11:00 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles

One W. Maple, Sand Lake, MI  49343

April 1:  Wednesday of Holy Week Stations of the Cross 7 pm

April 3:  Good Friday Service 3 pm

April 5:  Easter Sunday  7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. (Easter Egg Hunt following the 9:30 am Mass)

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S. 3rd St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

(616) 636-5502

March 29: Palm Sunday Service 9:30 Am ~Easter Egg Hunt following the Worship Hour.

April 3: Good Friday Worship Service 7:00 PM

April 5: Easter Morning Breakfast 8:30 AM

April 5: Easter Morning Worship Celebration 9:30 AM

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W. Maple Street, Sand Lake, MI

April 5: Easter SONrise Service 8:00 a.m. Breakfast to follow around 8:45 am.

South Ensley United Methodist

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake, MI 49343

April 5: Easter Worship and communion 10:55 a.m.

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Are you prepared for severe weather?

This double tornado was one of 47 tornadoes that occurred on Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965 and affected several states in the Midwest, including Michigan. This particular tornado hit the Midway Trailer park in Indiana, killing 33 people.

April 15-21 is severe weather awareness week


Wednesday (yesterday) was the 47th anniversary of the April 11, 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes—the second deadliest tornado outbreak in history. There were 47 tornadoes in five states, including 12 tornadoes in Michigan. The F4 that moved through Ottawa County and northern Kent County went for 21 miles, caused 142 injuries, and 5 deaths. Counting all five states, there were 271 fatalities and 1,500 were injured that day.

Following that particular tornado outbreak, the NOAA National Weather Service underwent changes to improve severe weather forecasts and warnings, including establishing the Watch and Warning Program that exists today and the weather spotter program, SKYWARN.

Next week, April 15-21, is severe weather awareness week, and the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness wants to make sure residents are prepared for possible severe weather, including tornadoes, lighting, flooding, or thunderstorm winds.

According to the National Weather Service, there were four deaths and 31 injuries in Michigan from severe weather in 2011. All of the deaths and injuries resulted from either lightning or thunderstorm winds. Flooding, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes were responsible for about $150 million in damages in 2011, down from the $360 million in damages in 2010.

In 2011, there were 15 tornadoes across the state, which is very close to the average of 16. Fortunately, only four of the 15 tornadoes in 2011 caused significant damage, and six of the 15 tornadoes didn’t cause any damage. It could be argued that prior to the proliferation of cameras over the past couple of decades that those six non-damaging tornadoes may have never been recorded.

Lightning was also an issue. A family was on a tubing outing on the Au Sable River on July 23 when a thunderstorm rapidly developed, and they attempted to exit the river and find shelter. They had just exited the river when three of the individuals were struck by lightning. Two women were pronounced dead at the scene. A man was transported to a hospital in Saginaw in critical condition. He would survive, but require a 10-day hospital stay and considerable physical therapy. The survivor had no recollection of the incident.

What should you do in case of severe weather?

When a thunderstorm warning is issued for your area, get indoors immediately and do not use the telephone or electrical appliances. Keep away from windows. Do not take shelter in sheds or under isolated trees. If you are out boating and swimming, get to land and find a sturdy shelter immediately.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or is indicated on Doppler radar. Go immediately to the basement or a small interior room on the lowest level of a permanent structure. A good rule of thumb is to put as many walls between you and the tornado as possible. Keep away from chimneys and windows. Broken glass and wind-blown projectiles cause more injuries and deaths than collapsed buildings. Protect your head with a pillow, blanket, or mattress. Leave mobile homes and find shelter in a sturdy building.

To prepare for severe weather, the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness suggests that you:

* Plan ahead. Be sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do in case of severe weather. Make plans for those who may have trouble getting to shelter.

* Have emergency supplies on hand, including a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and a fresh supply of batteries.

* Know the shelter locations in public buildings, such as work, schools and shopping centers.

* Make a list of household furnishings and other items.  Take photographs of each room. Store the list and photos in safe place.

* Have an emergency communication plan.  Know how to reach family and friends if you are unable to meet at home.

* Create an emergency plan for your pets.

Click here to find out facts on tornadoes, lightning and flood safety, and tips to prepare a plan to evacuate your pet







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