Emergency Services

Winter Temporary Weather Havens

For individuals needing to escape adverse cold conditions (real or wind chill air temperature at 20 degrees or below) before continuing on their destination; temporary weather havens are available. These sites are for all Washtenaw County residents and will be activated when the weather reaches extreme temperatures, requiring public school closings. Temporary weather havens are identified through outreach to public and private human services providers, county government, and local hospitals who are asked to volunteer their space for residents in need of a warm place during severe cold weather. View a current list of weather haven locations and hours (PDF).

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.

Nixle

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.

Services

  • 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