State of Michigan Joint Information Center Now Operational

Contact: See contact information below.

January 6, 2016; 4:50 p.m.                           

Release #: 01    

Today the State of Michigan launched its Joint Information Center (JIC) to coordinate public information from the State Emergency Operations Center, set up to help with health and safety issues caused by lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water. The emergency operations center was activated after Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Genesee County on Jan. 5.

Public information and updates, including resources for residents such as how to obtain free water filters and lead testing, are available at www.michigan.gov/FlintWater.

The JIC will serve as the state’s central communications hub for this emergency and is staffed by public information officers (PIO) from several state agencies.  Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, until further notice.

It is operating out of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division in Lansing. State officials have been in contact with Flint and Genesee County officials to move the JIC to the city of Flint to better partner and coordinate with local agencies.

The declaration makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery operations.

Genesee County declared a “local state of emergency” on Jan. 4, activating local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, the county has determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.

The city of Flint has been under a local emergency declaration since Dec. 14, 2015.

NOTE: ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES ARE BEING HANDLED BY THE JOINT INFORMATION CENTER AT 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632).