Local Hazards


There are different types of natural and man-made threats and hazards that could impact Berrien County at any time. The EMHSD coordinates a planning effort that identifies local threats and risks. The approach that is taken assesses possible threats and risks and puts them into context of frequency and severity. This assessment looks at both how frequently a known hazard has occurred in our area and also what the estimated impacts would be to property and people's safety if they were to occur. This information is also weighed against the counties' comprehensive master plan and includes the input from each local municipality, community groups, and local businesses to make an educated guess on what future impacts could be based upon growth and future land use.

Knowing what hazards affect your area the most helps you prepare for and recover from them better. Click on each hazard to learn more about what the hazard is, how it may impact you and how you can be prepared.