State Police Encourages Emergency Preparedness When Traveling for the Fourth of July Holiday

Contact: Jackie Hampton, MSP/EMHSD, 517-243-0149

July 2, 2018

With Michigan residents and visitors traveling to holiday destinations for the Fourth of July, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging individuals to place an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicles.

“The July Fourth holiday period is when many Michiganders travel and take extended vacations,” said Insp. Chris Bush, Asst. Commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Whether you plan to travel within the state or across the nation, some preparation before you head out to a holiday destination could prove to be a lifesaver if a disaster strikes while you are away from home.”

Before you leave for your trip:

  • Know all weather-related emergencies and disasters that are common to your vacation destination and learn how weather warnings are communicated in that area.
  • Know safe shelter locations and evacuation routes at campgrounds, hotels or resorts.
  • Pack a travel-size emergency preparedness kit that includes water, snacks, first aid kit, and hand-crank flashlight and radio. Don’t forget to include prescription medications and baby formula, if needed.
  • Develop an emergency communications plan for everyone traveling in your group. Make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency and designate an out-of-area emergency contact in case your group is separated.
  • Download American Red Cross mobile apps to your smart phone. For more information, go to

During your trip:

  • Monitor the weather forecast along travel routes. Consider delaying the trip if severe weather is forecast.
  • Have someone check on or take care of your pets in case severe weather or a disaster strikes while away.
  • Always keep your vehicle’s fuel tank above half full. Power outages or severe weather may prevent you from refueling.
  • Have a map and familiarize yourself with the area of your destination. Do not rely on cell phones or computers as your only navigation source.
  • Keep a vehicle preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes a hand-crank radio, hand-crank flashlight, cell phone charger, blanket and extra clothes, tire repair kit and pump, flares, jumper cables and a “call police” or “help” sign.

To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or visit