The best thing you can do is be prepared for unexpected events. As stated above, the better prepared you are the less negative impact those events will have on you and your family. FEMA suggests that you have enough supplies to last for three (3) days. I suggest at least a week. It takes time to get those needed items actually down to street level. To assist you with your preparedness planning there are a number of links to agencies that will streamline this task listed in the Web Page Reference section of this web site. Included are online classes that can be taken at your leisure to better understand the process and preparation goals.
In 1990 the Michigan Legislature updated Public Act 390, the Emergency Management Act, with the Public Act 50. In that bill communities with more than 25,000 population were encouraged to develop their own Emergency Management Plan. The Township Board at that time decided to do so and appointed an individual and tasked him with writing the first all hazard comprehensive plan. At the completion of that plan it was determined that that the plan would need updating and coordination with state and federal agencies, therefore, needed a coordinator to do just that.
Since that coordinator was appointed in 1991 the township has rewritten and updated that plan a number of times. Individual sections are updated as processes, personnel, or requirements change. Usually at least one EAG, as they are called, is reviewed and updated on a quarterly basis.
Since the inception of the Emergency Management Program the township has experienced at least two (2) presidential declarations and two (2) States of Emergency resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars being recouped by the township and in many cases the residents themselves. Additionally, several million dollars has been granted to our first respondents, Police, Fire, Public Services (DPW and Water), for equipment and training to be better prepared to respond to not only disaster class events but their daily requests for service as well.
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To provide a comprehensive Emergency Management System that coordinates community resources to protect lives, property, and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from both natural and man-made hazards that may impact the Charter Township of Clinton.
About Emergency Management
Emergency Management is basically an ‘organized response to an unorganized event.’ The Response is accomplished by planning for disaster class events that we hope will never happen but are aware there is the possibility they may occur. Once we accept the fact that they can occur in our community we can begin to plan our response to them.
Emergency Management, not to be confused with ‘Emergency Financial Managers’, relies on a proactive approach based on individual, local, county, state, and federal cooperation. Common planning formats, language, and policies and procedures results in a system that gets needed assistance to our fellow citizens in an organized manner in the shortest time frame practical.
The backbone of this process is you and how prepared you are to face the challenges presented by these events. The better prepared you are to care for yourself and your family the better you will be able to cope with those challenges.
Above are several links for you to review. From the mission statement to resources available to assist you in your Emergency Response planning. Please contact the office of Emergency Management if additional information is required.
Remember... A little preparation now, will pay big dividends later.