Emergency Management


The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office uses the Everbridge notification system to communicate with our communities. Stay up-to-date on happenings in your neighborhood through email and text messages sent by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and other government officials. Everbridge is a secure communication service that allows local, county, and state law enforcement agencies to connect with local residents over cell phone, email, and internet. Visit www.washtenaw.org/alerts to sign up!

Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise indicated, these meetings will be held in person with the option to attend virtually. Any member of the public wishing to attend these meetings please contact Emergency Services at (734) 222-3911.

Local Emergency Planning Committee
•Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

Hazardous Material Response Team Authority Board
•Tuesday, January 9, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

Homeland Security Task Force
•Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 2:00 p.m

Emergency Medical Service Commission
•Friday, January 26, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Mobile devices are an important communications tool that can be used to alert people as soon as possible that their lives or property are seriously at risk. The wireless industry along with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to send concise, text-like messages to users’ mobile devices. This ensures as many Americans as possible are alerted to dangerous situations.

Washtenaw County issues Wireless Emergency Alerts for incidents which require the public to take protective actions to preserve live and/or property safety. These messages will tell you what the emergency is, and include specific instructions for what you need to do. 

This is NOT a subscription-based service. You will receive these alerts on your phone automatically, unless you have purposely disabled alerts in your phone's settings. 

Community Emergency Preparedness Workbook & Guidelines

Your Emergency Services Division is working closely with all levels of government and with several non-profit agencies to be ready in the event of any serious impact on the health, safety and welfare of the community. Still, it is extremely important to take responsibility for the safety of your family and to prepare for all emergencies

Washtenaw County’s Outdoor Warning Siren System

The Emergency Services Division is responsible for the activation of 89 designated outdoor warning sirens throughout Washtenaw County. Except for scheduled testing, these sirens will be activated when significant severe weather has been detected (a tornado or a severe thunderstorm with damaging winds confirmed to be 75 miles per hour or greater); when a hazardous materials accident or other local emergency occurs that requires immediate protective action by the public, or for other critical events such as homeland security emergencies.


• Large-scale emergency preparedness, planning, training, response and recovery services

 Emergency Operations Center activation readiness and survivability

• Pre-disaster public awareness campaigns for severe weather and technological accidents

• Coordination of public information during crisis events

• Supervision of severe weather training, tracking, reporting, and warning systems

• Hazardous environmental incident planning

• Implementation and management of Homeland Security projects

• Financial management of Washtenaw County’s HazMat Team