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​​​​​​​Safe Community Goal    

Minimize the risk to public health and property from manmade and natural hazards​


How are we doing?

According to the National Citizen ​SurveyTM (NCS) characteristics of safety are similar or higher than national benchmarks and have remained relatively stable between 2008 and 2015. According to Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, annual precipitation increased 25% and occurrence of the strongest storms increased 38% over the past thirty years. Adapting to climate impacts and emergency preparedness are integral to community resilience and safety. Ann Arbor’s efforts to reduce impervious surface will reduce incidents of flooding, and efforts like CodeREDTM, an emergency notification system, will ensure the community and residents are better prepared and informed. Additionally, the City’s Safety Services Unit, including police, fire, and emergency management, are proactively working to ensure community safety.  ​

What are the indicators?

Structures in the Floodplain             

The City set a target to reduce structures in the floodplain. Structures in the floodplain decreased from 622 to 527 structures from 2007 to 2012. In 2012, the City was able to remove several properties in Allen Creek Floodway with funding from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FE​MA) Flood Mitigation grant. ​

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency, City of Ann Arbor​​

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Emergency Preparedness           

76% of Ann Arbor residents think that the City is "excellent" or "good" at providing​ emergency preparedness services, and this rating is similar to the national benchmark. The percent of respondents rating emergency preparedness has grown 10% from 2008 to 2015. 

Source: National Citizen SurveyTM​​

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​​Police Services                                                         

The Ann Arbor NCS survey has tracked respondents' perception of police services since 2007. The percent of positive responses in 2015​ is similar to the national benchmark. The percent of positive ratings has remained relatively constant over time. ​

Source: National Citizen Surv​eyTM

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​​​​Fire Services

An overwhelming 93% of residents believe that Ann Arbor provides "excellent" or "good" fire services this year. This rating is similar to the national benchmark, and has remained fairly constant over time.

Source: National Citizen Survey​™

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Serious Crimes

​The City’s Safety Services Unit set a target to maintain total Part 1 crimes among the lowest 20% of all communities nationwide in the same population group. Part 1 crimes are considered more serious crimes and include both property and violent crimes.  ​In 2013, Ann Arbor met this target, ranking in the lowest 15% for violent crimes and the lowest 16% for property crimes. 

Source: City of Ann Arbor Police Department reporting summary data from MICR 2015 Quality Assurance Report

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 ​What way cool projects are underway?​​


  • The CodeRED™ Emergency Telephone Calling System is used for mass emergency notifications to notify residents and businesses, within minutes, of an emergency or a potential hazard. The notification systems offers cell phone, home phone and even email notification options. Register today!​

Climate Action Plan Adaptation Projects​​

  • Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan (CAP)​​ was adopted by City Council in 2012. In addition to climate mitigation strategies, the CAP also recommends five adaptation strategies to help the city prepare for and become more resilient to climate impacts.

Flood Mitigation Grants

  • ​With two FEMA Flood Mitigation Grants, the City removed several structures within the Allen Creek floodway including structures on W. Kingsley and N. Main. A rain garden with a public art installation was installed at the site of the removed structure at Kingsley and First. ​


Where are we now?
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​Poor​Not Assessed
Where are we going?​ ​
​Getting Better​Stable
​Getting Worse​Unknown​​