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Family Preparedness Guide


Emergencies can happen at any time. Being prepared saves lives! Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before an emergency occurs. We encourage everyone to: A Message from the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division

1. Be Informed

2. Make a Plan

3. Build a Kit

4. Practice and Maintain Your Plan and Kit

These simple steps can make a difference in ensuring your safety and the safety of your loved ones in an emergency situation. The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is committed to fostering, promoting and maintaining partnerships to protect our state and homeland from all hazards.

We are pleased to provide you with this Family Preparedness Guide that will assist you in preparing your family to respond to and recover from all types of emergencies. This guide will help you develop an emergency plan, prepare an emergency supply kit, and learn about emergency preparedness for families, pets, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. We encourage you to keep this manual handy as a reference tool and implement many of the suggestions found inside to better prepare your family for any emergency situation.

Walt Grech