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The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Are you prepared?

  • Make a plan. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. The American Red Cross and ready.gov provide planning tips and information.
  • Assemble a kit. Find out what should be included in your disaster supplies kit.  
  • Be informed. Sign up for emergency notifications, and be aware of the additional ways you may be alerted of emergency situations. 

ICE — In Case of Emergency

A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in their mobile phone's memory under the heading "ICE" (in case of emergency), has rapidly spread throughout the world. ICE allows paramedics or police to identify and contact a designated relative/next-of-kin in an emergency situation.

By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile phone will help rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative - which could be vital in a life-or-death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easily help save your life.

How to program your phone

  1. Open the contacts in your cell phone.
  2. Select "Add Contact."
  3. Under name, type "ICE - [then add the name of family member]."
  4. Examples:  "ICE1 Mom", "ICE2 Sister", "ICE1", or "ICE2."
  5. Add phone number to call emergency contact.

Now if you have an emergency, responders can locate and call your "ICE" contact(s).

NOAA Weather R​adio

As inclement weather would be the most prominent threat we face in southeast Michigan, be aware of the weather and the possibility of rapidly changing conditions. If adverse or severe weather is forecast, stay especially alert to local media for continuous updates. You may consider purchasing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio with SAME technology (specific area message encoding), available at local electronics stores, as an addition to emergency kits. This will allow you to program your radio for Washtenaw County and receive alerts and information regarding your local weather or other emergencies. These radios will sound an alert if there is an EAS warning for your area.

Hazards/Emergency Situations to be Especially Aware of in Michigan

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