The "Michigan Prepares" interagency initiative helps businesses prepare for a variety of emergencies that might necessitate closing. Go to http://www.michigan.gov
and click on Community and then Businesses for a list of links to the resources.
The state also holds "awareness weeks" on flood safety, severe heat, severe weather, and winter weather. The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness has information and resources about severe weather and natural disasters at http://mscwa.com
Quarantines. Michigan law gives the state director of health or local health officers the right to issue an "Emergency Order to Control Epidemic" and to take action to avoid or correct a condition that is a menace to public health and could result in disease, serious physical harm, or death, including instituting quarantines and prohibiting the gathering of people at public places, such as workplaces or property (MI Comp. Laws. Sec. 333.2453); Mich. Public Health Code Sec. 2251et seq.).
Banks. The Suspension of Business of Banks and Savings and Loan Associations of 1978 permit financial institutions to suspend business in the event of existing or impending emergencies (MI Comp. Laws. Sec. 487.942).
Payment during emergency closings. Michigan has no specific laws regarding payment of wages to employees during emergency closings.
Last reviewed January 2015.