Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Director
Kathy Janer - Public Health Nursing Manager
Melissa Maillette - Emergency Preparedness & Health Education Manager
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Kirk Herrick - Medical Director
Dr. Howard Hurt - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014
Health Information Line: (989) 895-4192




Click on BAY HEALTH Alerts to register your cell phone number, Voice over IP phone number, and e-mail address with the Bay County BAY HEALTH Alerts Notification System. 

Listed and unlisted land line telephone numbers are already included in the database and do not need to be registered.

Bay County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that is used to contact County residents via phone messages, text messages and/or e-mail messages in case of emergency.  The system, called BAY HEALTH Alerts, will be 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. 

The system utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted.  If the call is picked up by an answering machine or voicemail, BAY HEALTH Alerts will leave a recorded message.  If the number called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial the number in an attempt to deliver the message.  The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.

Because the BAY HEALTH Alerts system uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system.  If you have a cellular phone and want to be notified on that device, or if you want an e-mail notifications, you must register the cell phone number(s) and/or e-mail address by clicking on BAY HEALTH Alerts.Because the BAY HEALTH Alerts system uses geomaping, each telephone number and/or e-mail address can only be associated with one street address in the system.

View frequently asked questions for more information.


BAY HEALTH Alerts Frequently Asked Questions 

What is BAY HEALTH Alerts?

BAY HEALTH Alerts is a notification system specifically for Bay County residents to recieve Health Department related information.

How do I register?
Bay County Residents can register by clicking on BAY HEALTH Alerts and entering your mobile number(s) and/or email address. You will receive a text confirming that you have opted into the alert system to receive emergency notifications.

Can I register via text?
Yes. You can register from your cell phone. Text BAY HEALTH Alerts to 69310. You must remove all signatures and other texts in the body of your message. You will receive a confirmation message letting you know you have been signed up to receive BAY HEALTH Alerts.

How will I know when a text or phone call is from BAY HEALTH Alerts?
Your BAY HEALTH Alerts text messages will come to you from the number 69310 and phone calls will come from (989)895-2081. Program these numbers as “BAY HEALTH Alerts” in your phone. That way, you will know when a message is from Bay HEALTH Alerts.

What type of alerts will I receive?
You will receive notifications regarding special immunization clinics, water/beach closures, special events, emergency preparedness, and general health department information.  

Does BAY HEALTH Alerts cost anything to use?
There is no cost for the BAY HEALTH Alerts service; however, your cell phone carrier might charge you to receive text messages and phone calls, so please check your plan.

Will all cell phone carriers deliver BAY HEALTH Alerts messages?

Will I receive ads or SPAM on my phone or email?

I don’t use text messages. Can I receive BAY HEALTH Alerts by email or landline telephone?

Can I unsubscribe from BAY HEALTH Alerts?
Yes, text the word “STOP” to 69310.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Bay County Health Department Emergency Preparedness Division (989) 895-2032