Note From Erika
Greeting Constituents of Senate District 1,
With the increased power outages across our district and the state I wanted to provide useful information including safety tips and where to report power outages.
Stay up to date on where power outages are and how to keep yourself and your family protected
- DTE Outage Map
- Consumers Energy Outage Map
- Learn how to stay safe during blackouts: Blackouts (michigan.gov)
- Know what to do if you see a downed power line
Report Power Outages
State Senator – 1st District
In this Edition:
Protecting Michiganders from Gun Violence
Gun violence is a leading cause of early death in this country, killing tens of thousands a year, and it is the Number One cause of death for American youth. From the mass shooting at Oxford High School in 2021 to the shooting at Michigan State University, there have been 34 mass shootings in Michigan that have injured or killed at least four people. The reality is that the omnipresent danger gun violence poses to our society and our fellow Michiganders is not going to change until we change our policies.
Michigan Democrats have introduced widely embraced common-sense gun legislation that will save lives from being lost to mass shootings, homicides, suicides, and accidents. These proposals have been developed with input from state and national experts, public safety officials, parent advocacy groups and responsible gun owners. Together, these bills will help keep our fellow Michiganders from harming themselves or others, intentionally or accidentally, while also respecting Michigan’s hunting, farming, and sporting traditions.
This common-sense gun legislation has been proven effective at saving lives and is supported by Michiganders across the state:
Rail Safety Legislation
This week, I introduced two new Senate Bills in response to the recent rail related tragedies. We saw the devastating effects coming out of East Palestine, Ohio, in addition to the two derailments we saw in Detroit and Van Buren Township and long term ongoing issues with rail in our district. It is important that we take the proper action to ensure these tragedies and the persistent issues with rail do not repeat in our district and throughout the state.
Hence, the same month and after working with rail workers, I introduced the following legislation:
As Chair of the Committee on Transportation, I will continue to advocate for legislation that protects rail workers and citizens.
March Is Reading Month
This month is Reading Month, when we will come together to celebrate and promote the joy and importance of reading in Michigan. Reading plays a crucial role in our lives, expands our knowledge of the world and each other, and helps us grow our imagination and build empathy. That’s why, this year’s budget, Gov. Whitmer proposed increased investments in literacy grants and coaches for children and adults, so Michiganders of all ages can experience the joy of reading.
Make the most out of this month by reading something new, returning to an old favorite, or writing a story of your own! Whether you have a short story that you’ve written or are inspired to write one for the first time, you are encouraged to send it to Gov. Whitmer. During Reading Month, she will be sharing some of your stories on her social media to celebrate your talents and bring people together.
To submit your story:
Submissions will be accepted exclusively through the online system and must be received no later than Sunday, March 12, 2023.
In addition, this month, on the first three Saturdays, I will be attending public libraries throughout our district to read children’s books for March Is Reading Month. Be sure to stop in to celebrate a month full of reading and education!
Saturday, March 4, 2023
WHEN: 11:30 am – 12 pm
Saturday, March 10, 2023
WHEN: 11:30 am – 12 pm
Saturday, March 18, 2023
TIPS FOR COPING WITH GRIEF AFTER A TRAGEDY
In the aftermath of tragedy, it is especially important to check in on yourself and your loved ones.
There is no “correct way” to deal with a tragedy. Here are some tips that may help you in the aftermath of the tragedy that occurred at Michigan State University or any tragedy you or a loved one may experience:
A licensed mental health professional can assist in developing an appropriate strategy for moving forward. It is important to get professional help if you feel like you are unable to function or perform basic activities of daily living.
Additional resources are available to you:
WINTER DRIVING SAFETY TIPS
Winter weather can make driving commutes longer, and more treacherous. So, it is important for you to be safe on the roads.
Taking time to clean the snow off your vehicle and tracking the distance between locations prior to traveling can help eliminate accidents. Also, remember to pack drinking water, extra snacks, scarves, and coats in your car in case of an emergency. If you are ever stranded on the road and need roadside assistance, call AAA or 911. Remember to stay a few lengths away when driving behind other cars. Use this simple trick to stay safe while driving in snowy conditions: if you can’t see the driver’s mirrors or full headlights, the driver likely cannot see you. Now, if there are downed power lines, stay as far away from them as possible.
For more winter driving safety tips, please click here.
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
The expirationdate of many at-home COVID-19 tests have been extended. Typically, the tests have been extended 3-6 months depending on the manufacturer. Visit the FDA website to see details on your tests.
Additionally, be sure to utilize your four free COVID-19 tests (per household) at covid.gov/tests.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The following information is provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
In-District COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Sites
WCCCD – Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
International Gospel Center, 375 Salliotte Rd, Ecorse, MI 48229
Motor City Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
For additional testing and vaccination sites visit the MDHHS website.