To provide for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural and human-made disasters within Bay County.
Emergency Management is a Division that coordinates Bay County’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs. The role of the Emergency Management Division is to mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, protect the public’s health, safety and property within Bay County.
No matter what the size and scope all disasters are local. In most instances disasters are responded to without the assistance of state or federal assets. The Emergency Management Division provides leadership in coordinating the development of a sustainable all-hazard, regional approach to large-scale emergencies or disasters. The Emergency Management Division emphasizes an integrated process for establishing preventative measures, emergency operations, planning and training to minimize the impact of catastrophic events on the people, property, environment and economy of Bay County.
Bay County has implemented BAY Alerts, an emergency mass notification system used to contact County residents via phone messages, text messages and/or e-mail messages in case of emergency. BAY Alerts is used by Bay County 9-1-1 to notify residents of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuation and shelter-in-place.
Severe Weather Information
SKYWARN WEATHER SPOTTER TRAINING
BayCounty is proud to once again partner with the National Weather Service andoffer the NWS SKYWARN® Weather Spotter Training. SKYWARN® storm spottersare part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defenseagainst severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that theirefforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutesthat can help save lives.
NWSencourages anyone with an interest in public service and access tocommunication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers includepolice and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers andother concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals,schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protectingothers are also encouraged to become a spotter.
Every year in Michigan severe weather is responsible for fatalities, injuries and property loss. Bay County Emergency Management wants you to be prepared for severe weather. Click on the severe weather links to learn facts and tips about severe weather.
ALL-HAZARDS SEVERE WEATHER RADIO:
With the purchase of a Severe Weather Radio you become part of an all-hazards public warning system, broadcasting forecasts, warnings and emergency information 24 hours a day directly to the public. A Severe Weather radio can be purchased at most big box stores. Bay County has preferred pricing for Reecom All-Hazard Weather Radios. The Radios include S.A.M.E. technology.
Click on Reecom Radio for pricing information.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINKS:
- Do you have an evacuation plan in case you have to leave your home in an emergency?
- Do you know what supplies to include in your disaster preparedness kit?
- Do you have a way to receive emergency communications during a power outage or other emergency?
The answers to these questions, and others like them, are just a click away. The Region 3 Homeland Security Planning Board, Cumulus Media, and Hammer Restoration have partnered together to present the “Ready, Set, Safe” program. This important community education and awareness program is designed to help you easily access disaster and emergency preparedness information. Just click on the READY, SET, SAFE logo below to help your family prepare.
The Disaster City® Guide for the iPhone®
Find yourself in a disaster? There is an app for that.If you have an iphone or an ipod touch, download the new Disaster City Guide app from iTunes at no cost. Find Useful information on what to do to prepare for and survive a natural disaster: Hurricane, Flood, Thunderstorm, Tornado, Earthquake.