Emergency Services

Severe Weather Skywarn Spotter Training

Washtenaw County Sheriff Emergency Services in conjunction with the National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac is offering Skywarn Spotter training free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older interested in being trained in severe weather identification, protection, and reporting procedures.  The course is 1-1/2 hours long, and identification codes are issued to all who complete the program.

March 7, 2020 – Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Washington Street Education Center Auditorium
500 Washington Street
West off of Freer Rd. north of Old US-12
Chelsea, MI

March 10, 2020 – Tuesday
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
University of Michigan
Campus Safety Services Building
Second Floor Conference Room
1239 Kipke Drive
Ann Arbor, MI

March 25, 2020 – Wednesday
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saline Alternative High School (Liberty School) Auditorium
7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road
Located one mile north of US-12
Saline, MI

Check-in begins 30 minutes before posted start times

Class sizes are limited so you must pre-register electronically by following this link. If you need assistance, please call our office at (734) 973-4900. 

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 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