State Emergency Operations Center Deactivated

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-336-6464
Agency: State Police

News Release No. 5 – Sept. 11, 2015 – 4 p.m.

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) today deactivated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), which had been activated to provide support to Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties with storm cleanup since Aug. 11.

“Although the state of Michigan has begun demobilizing state resources, we are still helping Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties continue their recovery,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Our agency will be working closely with local emergency management officials in both counties to ensure they have everything needed as they return to a sense of normalcy.”

During the month-long SEOC activation, state and local personnel worked in partnership to remove and dispose of tree debris throughout the two counties. Representatives from the departments of Corrections, Health and Human Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, Natural Resources, State Police, Technology Management and Budget, and Transportation staffed the center in Lansing to coordinate the use of state resources.

At the peak of operations, the state of Michigan mobilized eight tree service contractors, four wood chippers, four dump trucks, three inmate work crews and an excavator to remove and process the extraordinary amount of fallen tree debris in the two counties.

On Sept. 4, Gov. Rick Snyder opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide financial assistance to Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. Affected local governments in both counties may apply for assistance grants up to $100,000 to cover some costs incurred due to the disaster. 

About the Disaster
Snyder declared a "state of disaster" on Aug. 10 for Grand Traverse County after severe thunderstorms caused widespread and severe damage on Aug. 2. Upon direction of the governor, the MSP/EMHSD amended the declaration to include Leelanau County on Aug. 14.

By declaring a "state of disaster," the state of Michigan made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area.

The SEOC is the emergency operations center for the state of Michigan. Located in Lansing, the SEOC is overseen by the MSP/EMHSD and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government.  The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the state of Michigan.