Are You Prepared for the Hazards of Tomorrow?

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-242-5631
Agency: State Police

Issued: Jan. 23, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – With the memory of severe winter weather fresh in the minds of Michiganders, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging citizens to identify preparedness shortcomings and plan ahead before the next emergency or disaster strikes.

"Talking about being prepared for an emergency is not being prepared," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "By taking the initiative today, re-evaluating what you did during the recent power outage and winter storm and making any important changes, you will become better prepared for tomorrow."

As part of being prepared, learn what to do before, during and after an emergency. Familiarize yourself with your community's warning signals and potential threats so you can better your response during an incident. Some disasters that are likely to occur in Michigan communities include flooding, tornadoes, severe winter weather and wildfires.

Write a plan so it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens, including who to call, what to bring and where to go when evacuating. Specifically, learn the safe spots in your home and have designated places outside of your home to meet, if necessary. Discuss evacuation and sheltering procedures, remembering to include specific plans for all types of pets.

In addition, all homes should have an emergency preparedness kit with enough supplies to enable you and your family to function without basic services-such as electricity and water-for up to three days per person. Using five-gallon buckets or similar containers, assemble the items you will need during any type of emergency situation that could happen throughout the year.

Remember: Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit. Get involved.

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to or follow us on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.