State Police encourages residents to take action to prepare during Michigan's Preparedness Month

Contact: Bailey Wilkins 517-242-3748

September 7, 2021

Emergencies can happen when we least expect them. That's why Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to take steps to prepare for emergencies during Michigan's Preparedness Month.

Throughout September, the MSP/EMHSD is joining federal, state and local governments, as well as private and public organizations, in supporting emergency preparedness initiatives. Agencies nationwide are uniting under the theme "Prepare to Protect" to encourage everyone to create a family emergency plan and to learn life-saving skills like first aid and CPR to help themselves and others until first responders arrive.

"The last year in Michigan has shown us that disasters can happen without warning, and can impact or delay critical services, including police, fire and EMS response," said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, state deputy director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "That's why we encourage households to create emergency preparedness kits with food, water and a first-aid kit that allows them to be self-sustaining for at least 72 hours."

2021 Prepare Fair in Ludington

To put preparedness into action and commemorate Michigan's Preparedness Month, the MSP/EMHSD is collaborating with Mason County Emergency Management and Walmart to hold the Prepare Fair from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Walmart Supercenter, 4854 US-10 in Ludington.

Individuals attending the fair will learn about local agencies that respond to emergencies, 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.

To learn more about preparing for emergencies and disasters and making an emergency preparedness plan, or for more information about the 2021 Prepare Fair go to www.michigan.gov/miready or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.