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Seniors add new tool to the lifesaving arsenal with Smart911

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire alarms, and escape plans are all important tools in keeping yourself as well as friends and family safe.On Thursday, seniors got a refresher on some important safety tips and information. Alpena City Fire Department community risk reduction officer Andy Marceau and 911 director Burt Francisco presented lifesaving tips, so that seniors can be ready, should an emergency arise. Both provided a few useful tools for seniors to protect themselves with. Two of those were carbon monoxide and smoke detectors that seniors can get help with installation by contacting the senior center.The other was a smart 911 app, where you can preload information like photographs, allergies, and other important notes about where you live and who lives there. This helps first responders have a better understanding when responding to a situation. They can look at the information, so they can anticipate an emergency instead of going in with little or no details.“When you call 911, it’s a very chaotic situation, and there is a lot of emotion, and they may not recall everything that they need to tell a dispatcher or emergency responder,” said Francisco. “During a time, a non-emergency time, they can go in and enter their information, which will expedite and make the 911 call more efficient to process with dispatcher.”Smart 911 is free and available in the app form or via website for all Michiganders. It can be extremely helpful in nonverbal communications as well. The technology is four years old and was introduced two years ago. It has seen a large increase in enrollment over the past year. You can fill in your information by visiting the website www.smart911.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena City Fire Department, Alpena County 911, Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Fire Alarms, First Responders, MICHIGAN, Seniors, Smart 911, Smoke DetectorsContinue ReadingPrevious Woman saves her dog before flames takeover carNext Laugh for a good cause in Oscoda this weekendlast_img read more

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looking forward to first meeting with Clippers

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first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “He’s showing he can score at all three levels. He’s a guy who loves basketball, loves to work on his game, and he got a lot better this summer. He’s a good one for them, a big piece for now and moving forward, and he’s taking it full head of steam, for sure.”Donovan attributed much of Gilgeous-Alexander’s early success with OKC to the opportunities he had last season, when he started 73 of 82 regular-season games, averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals and was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.“Guys like him who get significant playing time as a rookie generally make a pretty good jump from their rookie year to their second year,” Donovan said. “They’ve got a body of work and experiences that they can reflect back upon to prepare themselves for the following year. They’ve kind of seen everything, they’ve traveled to every city, they know it back-to-backs are like, they know training camp, they have a better feel for it.“He obviously played really, really well last year and got really good, quality significant minutes for them, so I think he’s only gonna get better.”Gilgeous-Alexander concurred: “I apply something from last year every day.” “He’s got a huge ceiling to continue to get better,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s gonna have a lot of control of that because of, No. 1, how talented is and how good of a guy he is, but I think as he steps into this new situation, there’s a lot more responsibility.“As much as he probably worried last year being a rookie, ‘I’ve got to get myself ready to play,’ (now) he’s got to impact the group, he’s going to impact a group on offense, he’s got to impact the group on defense, he’s got to make people better … He’s went from a guy that probably was fifth or sixth or seven on the scouting report for the Clippers last year to a guy that’s probably one or two on a scouting report now, so he’s seeing defenses guard him a little bit differently in the past.“These are all learning opportunities for him to get better to continually grow and become the player he’s capable of.”And the fashion-conscious Gilgeous Alexander has looked good toting the extra burden: His 20.4 points per game are double what he was scoring last season and currently rank third among second-year players, behind only last season’s top two Rookie of the Year finishers, Luka Doncic (28.5) and Trae Young (26.6).“He’s been ballin’,” said Jerome Robinson, who the Clippers drafted 13th, two spots behind Gilgeous-Alexander, and who’s remained in regular contact with him, as have Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 But then the Clippers shook the NBA with the move that, yes, also floored Gilgeous-Alexander.“It was a whirlwind,” he said after practice Sunday at UCLA, where the Thunder were preparing for back-to-back games against the Clippers and Lakers. “Obviously not expecting it, then once I talked to the organization, head office, and all that stuff like that, I felt really comfortable and ready for a new opportunity.“I didn’t get much explanation. It was just, ‘It happened, sorry to let you go, but you gotta go,’” he added with a chuckle. “’All right, thank you.’”Now, following that deal that also sent Danilo Gallinari (19 points per game) and a record haul of draft picks to the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander finds himself playing alongside Chris Paul, another former Clipper point guard.And Gilgeous-Alexander, 21, has immediately begun living up to the lofty prospects ascribed to him, embracing a heightened level of responsibility in just his second NBA season. LOS ANGELES — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander expects trash-talking (“I won’t take it to heart, promise you that”) and hopes there won’t be boos (“I didn’t do nothing crazy while I was here”) when he takes the floor Monday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.He said he’ll want to win “1,000 percent” — same as every game he plays. It’s just that this one is his first against the Clippers, who traded for him on NBA Draft Night in 2018, made him a rookie starter on a playoff-bound team and then included him in a blockbuster trade for Paul George this offseason.As exhilarating as George’s 70 points in his first 44 minutes as an active Clipper have been, and as impressive as his fellow newcomer Kawhi Leonard has been in fourth quarters he’s played, L.A.’s fans continue to feel a pang of regret about the team having relinquished the promising point guard to bring aboard the two superstars.Gilgeous-Alexander won over the fanbase with his smooth, savvy play, his composure and sky-high potential that promised to blossom in L.A. for seasons to come. Yea we miss you @shaiglalex #ClipperNation You have a long career ahead of you. So you never know what the future may hold. Just sayin. Lol https://t.co/32iRd6yKfI— Clip (@Clipperloyalty) November 17, 2019 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more