Emergency Services

Nixle to be Upgraded to Everbridge

Thursday, August 13, 2020, Washtenaw County will be upgrading their current Nixle program to the Everbridge Alert system to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts at www.washtenaw.org/alerts.

If you are a current user of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Nixle program to receive emergency alerts, you will need to create a new account in the Everbridge portal (link above) to confirm what notifications you would like to receive and how you receive them.
For additional information, click here.

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, June 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm
• Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm
• Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:00 pm

HazMat Team Authority Board
• Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm
• Tuesday, October 13, 2020 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..
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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