"Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare"

During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1-30th.
What you can do to promote National Preparedness Month:

Emergency Preparedness

About Emergency Preparedness

Our Mission

To lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Kentwood through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Emergency Preparedness Every Day

On a normal day, Emergency Preparedness is evaluated and we work to prepare city departments, businesses and residents for emergencies and disaster events through planning, preparedness initiatives, hazard mitigation activities, and by building response capabilities.

Emergency Preparedness in Disasters

Emergencies happen every day in the City of Kentwood. These incidents are usually handled with the first five minutes by the Kentwood Police and Departments. In addition, our Department of Public Works can also respond to specific emergencies in the city with specialized equipment that may be needed for an unusual event.

When an emergency event grows beyond the ability of one agency to take care of it, or when additional resources are needed on a large scale event, the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be opened to coordinate the response. In the EOC, representatives from all of the agencies involved in the response make decisions and work to provide the resources needed on the scene. The EOC becomes the seat of government during a disaster. Decisions about city operations and services are made there, as are decisions about how the community will begin to return to normal.

How can I be prepared??

Be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.

Preparing can start with four important steps:
  1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency
  2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency
  3. Build an emergency supply kit – supplies to last at least 3 days (prepared kits are available).
  4. Get involved.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.

For more information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit http://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/READYNPM
For a copy of the White House Presidential Proclamation, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/30/presidential-proclamation-national-preparedness-month-2013
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Are You "Digital Disaster Prep Ready"?

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Severe weather can happen anytime. In May 2013, tornadoes devastated part of central Oklahoma. This outbreak included the deadliest tornado of the year on May 19 in Moore, Oklahoma. At least 70 tornadoes spanned seven Midwestern states in November 2013.

Know your Risks!

Understand the types of hazardous weather that affects you and your family!

National-Severe-Weather-Preparedness-Week Video


Know what's happening around you! There are many apps available to inform you of severe weather in your area:
  • Weather Channel
  • NOAA
  • Storm Prediction Center
  • Tornado
  • Weather Underground