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Hillsdale County Emergency Management
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H. Douglas Sanford, Director

Richard Zimmer, Deputy Director

Richard Emery, Deputy Director

Cindy Sawyer, Administrative Clerk



Family Preparedness






CodeRED for Hillsdale County follow the link below to sign up for emergency notifications by phone, cell phone e-mail or text message.  










What the Sirens mean when you hear them?


The Tornado Watch siren goes for 30 seconds with a straight tone.


The Tornado Warning siren goes for 3 minutes with a wailing tone.

These tones apply to the following communities: Allen, Hillsdale, Jonesville, North Adams, Pittsford, Moscow and Somerset.


New sirens in Amboy Township, Jefferson Township, City of Litchfield, Village of Allen and Reading Township.









  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from http://www.ready.gov/  
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper - When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children




Weather Safety Information
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Michigan Winter Hazard Awareness Week November


     Winter Safety Tips

     Winter Hazard FAQ's

     Preventing Frozen Pipes

     Preventing Roof Ice Jams

     Ice Jams and Flooding

     Winter Power Outage Tips

     Heat Sources Saftey

     Portable Generator Hazards



Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week March



Make A Plan 



Make sure you have a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. 


Family Emergency Plan: 

·          It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an  out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. 

 ·          Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact.  

·          You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient.  


Emergency Information:


Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call or emergency workers may go door-to-door. 


Emergency Plans:


You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance


Click here for information, including a family emergency plan template.





Lightning Safety Week:   In June 








Red Cross
National Weather Service







NOAA's National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office

Northern Indiana



National Weather Service IWX covers Hillsdale County



NOAA's National Weather Service - Active Watches and Warrnings Map



NOAA's All Hazard Monitor Page



Storm Prediction Center NWS Monthly Tornado Stats



FEMA Links
Michigan State Police- Emergency Management Homeland Security Division
Historical Weather Events



Palm Sunday 1965


The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak occurred on April 11th, 1965 with the violent storms tearing through much of the Southern Great Lakes Region and Northern Ohio Valley. The worst hit states were Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. It is the second biggest tornado outbreak on record; 47 confirmed tornadoes resulted in 271 people killed and 3,400 people injured in just a twelve hour span. Damages from the storms mounted to more than 200 million dollars (1.1 billion/2003 dollars). This write-up is mainly from a Southeast Lower Michigan perspective with some data taken directly from the NWS Storm Data files.











Do 1 Thing

Do 1 Thing


Is a program designed to help individuals and families take small, manageable steps towards personally preparing for an emergency or disaster. Only when you are personally prepared, are you then free to help your friends, neighbors, and community during an emergency or disaster.


The simplicity of the www.do1thing.us program is you may start at any time and in a year's time you will have done everything you need to personally prepare. Each month of the calendar offers you a new preapredness step that focuses on a single aspect of preparedness, such as identifying the best tornado shelter in your home and workplace.


It's up to you!

In an emergency or disaster, you are the only one who can guarantee the safety and well-being of yourself, your family and pets.

This page last updated on 3/6/2015.
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