Emergency Services

June 25-26, 2021 Flooding Emergency

Beginning on June 25th and extending into June 26th, Washtenaw County experienced extremely heavy rainfall as over five inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours across primarily eastern portions of the county. As a result, widespread flooding was reported with many roadways impassable, homes and apartments suffered significant damage, and some residents were displaced. 

Washtenaw County declared a State of Emergency on June 30th, requesting additional State and Federal resources to assist with the response to this event. The Governor in turn declared a State of Emergency and requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration which has been approved by the White House. 

Residents affected by the flooding may now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individuals must still register with FEMA, even if they reported damage to local officials or spoke to a FEMA representative during the preliminary damage assessments which were conducted in early July. Homeowners and renters with uninsured or underinsured home damage may register for assistance by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET seven days a week. Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. FEMA representatives will also be going door-to-door in affected neighborhoods to provide additional information and the ability to register for assistance in-person. 

Information applicants need to provide includes the following: Social Security Number, daytime telephone number, current mailing address, address and zip code of the damaged property, and private insurance information if available. When an applicant registers, each is given a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

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, 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, 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, September 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm
• Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

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

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

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