State Police Encourages Residents to Take Action to Prepare During Michigan's Preparedness Month; Annual Prepare Fair in Lansing on Sept. 15

Contact: Dale R. George, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-284-3962

August 30, 2018

Michigan residents should prepare for emergencies and disasters by making an emergency plan with their loved ones and learning life-saving skills like first-aid and CPR during Michigan’s Preparedness Month, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).

Throughout September, the MSP/EMHSD is joining federal, state and local governments, as well as private and public organizations, in supporting emergency preparedness initiatives and encouraging residents to take action to prepare. Agencies nationwide are uniting under the theme “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” to encourage everyone to create a family emergency plan and to learn skills needed to help themselves and others until help can arrive.

“During the first few hours or days after a disaster, essential services may not be available. So, people should have a plan and be ready to act on their own. That’s why we are encouraging every household to create an emergency kit and learn basic first aid skills,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “It is essential for individuals and families to plan ahead, so they are better equipped to react when an emergency or disaster strikes. Take action and prepare now.”

All households should be self-reliant for at least three days by building an emergency preparedness kit supplied with food, water and medications. During an emergency or disaster, critical services — such as electricity, water service or access to grocery stores — can be impacted and response for police, fire and rescue personnel could be delayed. Businesses are encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters by establishing an emergency preparedness program.

2018 Prepare Fair in Lansing

To take preparedness into action and commemorate Michigan’s Preparedness Month, the MSP/EMHSD is collaborating with Eaton County Emergency Management, Delta Township Fire Department, 99.1 WFMK and Walmart to hold the Prepare Fair from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Walmart Supercenter, 409 N. Marketplace Blvd. Lansing. 

Individuals attending the fair will learn about local emergency response agencies, how to develop a family emergency plan and how to create an emergency preparedness kit. Attendees will also be able to meet local first responders and volunteers. The event is free of charge and open to anyone.

Eaton County was included in a state of disaster declaration issued by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 12, 2018, after heavy rainfall and snow melt in February resulted in widespread flooding damage to Allegan, Arenac, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Clare, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Newaygo, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Ottawa and St. Joseph counties and the cities of Grand Rapids and Lansing.

To learn more about preparing for emergencies and disasters and making an emergency preparedness plan, or for more information about the 2018 Prepare Fair go to or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS