Winter Emergency Preparedness

With the arrival of winter weather, Detroit Homeland Security & Emergency Management is encouraging Michiganders to make winter emergency preparedness a priority.


Severe winter weather poses health and safety concerns with extremely cold temperatures, freezing pipes, potential propane shortages and power outages. With a little planning and preparing, Michiganders can be ready before the next winter incident occurs. A prepared Michigan is a resilient Michigan.

What should I do?

Emergency preparedness is the starting point for all Michiganders. Regardless of the potential threat or hazard, everyone must be prepared for any emergency by making a plan and creating an emergency preparedness kit. An emergency or disaster can happen at any time, to anyone. By planning ahead and creating a kit, Michiganders will be better prepared for tomorrow.

The MSP/EMHSD has gathered materials and facts provided by the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This information is designed to give an overview about what to do before, during and after a winter hazard emergency or disaster. If there is a life-threating situation, immediately call 911. For information about human services available during an emergency or disaster, call 211.

To download your personal copy of the Winter Hazards Awareness Packet follow the link below.