Michigan Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

The "Michigan Prepares" interagency initiative helps businesses prepare for a variety of emergencies. Go to http://www.michigan.gov/michiganprepares and click on Community and then Businesses for a list of links to the resources.

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The state uses the Emergency Alert System of radio and television stations to broadcast emergency information and also overrides cable television stations to communicate information.

The state disseminates local and state information to citizens at no charge through The Emergency Email & Wireless Network. Go to http://www.emergencyemail.orgto sign up.

Counties use siren systems to warn people of impending emergencies, including tornadoes, hazardous material spills, and nuclear plant releases.

Weather information is broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather station frequency 162.450.

Evacuation Drills

The Michigan Fire Prevention Act (MI Comp. Laws. Sec. 29.19) recommends that a minimum of six fire drills/evacuation drills be held each year in public buildings. The Act requires that schools and colleges hold eight drills per year. In public buildings where the majority of occupants are visitors, regular employees should be trained in evacuation procedures, which can be practiced during drills, so that they may direct other occupants out of the facility.

The Fire Prevention Act also requires that tornado safety drills be held in schools, public buildings, and places where the public gathers. A statewide tornado drill is held annually in late March/early April.

The state also holds "awareness weeks" for flood safety, severe heat, severe weather, and winter weather. The Michigan Committee for ...

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