Emergency Services

2021 Severe Weather Skywarn Spotter Training

Washtenaw County Sheriff Emergency Services in conjunction with the National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac is offering virtual Skywarn Spotter training free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older who is interested in being trained in severe weather identification, protection, and reporting procedures.  The course is 75 minutes long, and identification codes will be mailed to all who complete the program.

March 25, 2021 – Thursday
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Class sizes are very limited, so you must pre-register electronically by following this link. You will be required to reserve your space in the National Weather Service webinar separately by following information included with your registration.

If you attended Spotter training in 2020 we would kindly request that you wait until next year, given the limited space available in this course. Your 2020 spotter identification is valid until May 31, 2022. The National Weather Service is hosting additional sessions which you may choose to register for as a refresher (https://www.weather.gov/dtx/spotter2), however we will not be able to provide a new identification card for attending those courses. 

If you have trouble completing the online registration form, you may call (734) 973-4900 for assistance.

Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise indicated, these meetings will be held via ZOOM. Any member of the public wishing to attend these meetings please contact Emergency Services at (734) 973-4900.

Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Committee
•Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 am
•Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 10:00 am
•Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 10:00 am
•Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 10:00 am
•Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
•Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 10:00 am

This committee is comprised of representatives from each agency within Washtenaw County that is a primary answering point for E-9-1-1 calls. This group has also joined forces, combining with the 800MHz Working Subcommittee. The joint committee does most of the technical problem solving, with technical and administrative support from the Enhanced 9-1-1 Coordinator (Emergency Services Director).

Homeland Security Task Force
•Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
• Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm
• Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm
• Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm
• Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

HazMat Team Authority Board
•Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm
•Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Emergency Medical Service Commission
•Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:30 am
•Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:30 am
•Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:30 am
•Friday, October 29, 2021 at 8:30 am

Coronavirus Information

Washtenaw County Health Department is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (initially 2019-nCoV and now called COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Additional cases without clear travel-related exposures have been reported in the U.S..
For further information, click here.

Winter Warming Centers and Shelters

With the colder temperatures upon us, Washtenaw County offers programs to help keep you and your family safe and warm through the winter months. The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County has compiled a list of winter programs available for 2019-2020. Click here to access the complete list.

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 Everbridge, 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. Everbridge is a 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