Winter Weather Spotter Training
Washtenaw County, in conjunction with the Detroit/Pontiac National Weather Service office, is offering Winter Weather Spotter training free of charge to anyone interested in being trained in winter weather identification and reporting procedures. The course is about 1 ½ hours long, and will feature a review of last year’s winter, a description of winter hazards, and winter safety information.
Wednesday October 24, 2018
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI
The Learning Resource Center is located on the east side of the Washtenaw County Service Center campus, and will be marked with signs. Registration begins at 6:30 and ends at 7:00 sharp!
Class sizes are limited so you must pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.
Wireless Emergency Alerts
Mobile devices are an important communications tool that can be used to alert people as soon as possible that their lives or property are seriously at risk. CTIA and the wireless industry, along with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), developed the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to send concise, text-like messages to users’ WEA-capable mobile devices. This ensures as many Americans as possible are alerted to the dangerous situations.
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is now using an online service, called Nixle, to communicate with citizens. Stay up-to-date on happenings in your neighborhood through email and text messages sent by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Nixle is the first secure and identity-certified communication service that allows local, county and state law enforcement agencies to connect with local residents over cell phone, email and web.
Community Emergency Preparedness Workbook & Guidelines
Your Emergency Services Division is working closely with all levels of government and with several non-profit agencies to be ready in the event of any serious impact on the health, safety and welfare of the community. Still, it is extremely important to take responsibility for the safety of your family and to prepare for all emergencies.
Washtenaw County's Outdoor Warning Siren System
The Emergency Services Division is responsible for the activation of 87 designated outdoor warning sirens throughout Washtenaw County. Except for scheduled testing, these sirens will be activated when significant severe weather has been detected (a tornado or a severe thunderstorm with damaging winds confirmed to be 75 miles per hour or greater); when a hazardous materials accident occurs that requires immediate protective action by the public, or for other critical events such homeland security emergencies.
- Large-scale emergency preparedness, planning, training, response and recovery services
- Emergency Operations Center activation readiness and survivability
- Pre-disaster public awareness campaigns for severe weather and technological accidents
- Coordination of public information during crisis events
- Supervision of severe weather training, tracking, reporting and warning systems
- Hazardous environmental incident planning, investigation and enforcement
- Management of the county's Enhanced 911 telephone system including Washtenaw Metro Dispatch operations
- Implementation and management of Homeland Security projects
- Financial management of Washtenaw County's HazMat Team
- Emergency Medical Services Commission and Medical Control Board support