Emergency Management Office
To protect the health and safety of the community by coordinating disaster preparedness planning, risk mitigation, response, emergency communications systems, and incident recovery activities.
What is Emergency Management?
The Crawford County Emergency Management Office is responsible for preparing for and protecting against loss of life and disruptions to the economy from natural disasters, technological hazards, and terrorist attacks. Ensuring the safety of Crawford County’s citizens and visitors and maintaining its economic well being is a high priority of the county. Focusing preparedness efforts on the national and state preparedness priorities, Crawford County Emergency Management is working in partnership with government officials at the federal, state, and local levels, and the public sector to ensure that Crawford County is better prepared to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recovery from any disaster, be it a natural disaster, technological incident, or act of terrorism.
The Michigan Emergency Management Act, Act 390 of the Public Acts of 1976, as amended, established the Michigan State Police (MSP), Emergency Management Division (EMD), to provide leadership and direction, to coordinate emergency activities of state, federal, county, and municipal governments, and to implement federal and state requirements. To facilitate this coordination, EMD maintains continuous, routine contact with a large number of government officials at the federal, state, local, and tribal level.
Crawford County’s Emergency Management Office oversees programs for training, hazard mitigation, emergency planning, disaster exercising, public information, and Grant acquisition and administration. Working in close concert with EMD Crawford County strives to foster, promote, and maintain an emergency management system that protects the County’s citizens and communities from the effects of disasters and other emergencies.
On April 15, 2003, the Governor signed Executive Order (EO) No. 2003-6 which created the Michigan Homeland Protection Board. The EO established the Board to serve as an advisory body to the Governor, and it consists of the directors of: State Police, Agriculture, Civil Rights, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Information Technology and Transportation and will be chaired by the Director of State Police. The Board develops, implements, and revises, as needed, a coordinated Homeland Security Strategy. The Director for Homeland Security chairs the Homeland Protection Board.
Do you know what to do in the event of a disaster? Do you have a family survival plan? What happens to your family should they be separated during a disaster? The Crawford County Office of Emergency Management has information that can assist you in preparing for surviving a disaster.
In our area the biggest threats are from wildfires, severe weather, and hazardous materials accidents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross have developed a series of pamphlets to help you prepare for and survive a disaster. Many of these pamphlets can be downloaded from Ready.gov, Fema.gov, Redcross.org, Whitehouse.gov.homeland, or other sites.
You can pick up a copy of the pamphlet titled “Family Preparedness Guide” at the Emergency Management Office. This guide will assist you in preparing your family to respond to and recover from all types of emergencies. The guide was created to help you develop an emergency plan, provide information on how to assemble an Emergency Supply Kit, and Provide specific contact telephone numbers and web sites which you can use for emergency assistance.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is a part of Emergency Management made up of representatives from local industry, government, and emergency services that develop plans for response to emergencies at sites determined to contain hazardous materials.
Doug Pratt, Crawford County Emergency Manager
200 W. Michigan Ave
Grayling, MI 49738
Phone: (989) 344-6821
Fax: (989) 348-6351