General Resources

Emergency Action Guidelines
In order to encourage Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with The Advertising Council, has sponsored public service advertisements (PSAs) that educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all kinds of emergencies. The Ready Campaign asks individuals to do three key things to prepare for the unexpected: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

Greater Grand Rapids Red Cross
Without the support of our local community, your local American Red Cross would not be here. The American Red Cross is NOT a government agency, nor does this chapter receive any funding from the National Red Cross. We are funded by people just like you, who want to help make our community a safer place to live and work.

Since 1917, the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids has been a leader in emergency preparedness and response. Volunteers and paid staff help our community
plan, prepare for, and respond to disasters of all sizes; from the single family disaster to the flooding that causes hundreds of people to flee from their homes. Regardless
of the size of the disaster, the goal is the same: to meet the immediate emergency disaster-caused needs of those affected. The American Red Cross is the only organization that is congressionally mandated to do this.

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management

National Red Cross

Current Disasters or Emergency Information

National Terrorism Advisory System
The national threat advisory system is a uniform scale providing guidance to federal agencies for terrorism alerts and when coordinated with state government and local communities will improve the overall homeland security and emergency management system around the nation.

Michigan State Police
This link gives Information, Status and Updates on fire, severe weather, hazardous materials and technological emergencies in Michigan.

National Weather Service
The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community