Emergency Management Division
2014 Washtenaw County Severe Weather Skywarn Training
Washtenaw County Sheriff Emergency Services in conjunction with the National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac is offering Skywarn Spotter training free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older who is interested in being trained in severe weather identification, protection, and reporting procedures. The course is 1-1/2 hours long, and identification codes are issued to all who complete the program. For additional information and how to register online, Click Here
Winter Weather Hazards Awareness
On average, a major winter storm hits some part of Michigan at least once per month between October and April. In 2010, the last year that statistics were available, 33 people died in Michigan as a direct result of severe winter weather according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. This is in addition to victims of traffic crashes and those who suffered heart attacks while shoveling snow. For additional information on winter weather hazards and safety tips, Click here.
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is now using an online service, called Nixle, to communicate with citizens.
Stay up-to-date on happenings in your neighborhood through email and text messages sent by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Nixle is the first secure and identity-certified communication service that allows local, county and state law enforcement agencies to connect with local residents over cell phone, email and web. Click here to learn more.
Community Emergency Preparedness Workbook & Guidelines
Your Emergency Management Division is working closely with all levels of government and with several non-profit agencies to be ready in the event of any serious impact on the health, safety and welfare of the community. Still, it is extremely important to take responsibility for the safety of your family and to prepare for all emergencies. Click here for complete information
The Emergency Management Division is responsible for the activation of thirty-one designated outdoor warning sirens throughout Washtenaw County. Except for scheduled testing, these sirens will be activated when significant severe weather has been detected (a tornado or a severe thunderstorm with damaging winds confirmed to be in excess of 70 MPH); when a hazardous materials accident occurs that requires immediate protective action by the public, or for other critical events such homeland security emergencies. Click here for complete information
- Large-scale emergency preparedness, planning, training, response and recovery services
- Emergency Operations Center activation readiness and survivability
- Pre-disaster public awareness campaigns for severe weather and technological accidents
- Coordination of public information during crisis events
- Supervision of severe weather training, tracking, reporting and warning systems
- Hazardous environmental incident planning, investigation and enforcement
- Management of the county's Enhanced 9-1-1 telephone system including Washtenaw Metro Dispatch operations
- Implementation and management of Homeland Security projects
- Financial management of Washtenaw County's HazMat Team
- Emergency Medical Services Commission and Medical Control Board support