Resources and Guides

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA is a subagency of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for the federal management of emergencies. Their webpage is loaded with a lot of preparedness information that you may find helpful.

Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Visit the Michigan State Police EMHSD website. The Berrien County Sheriff's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Office is a proud partner with the State Emergency Management Division and both agencies work hard to ensure the residents and visitors of Michigan are as safe as possible. Check out their page to learn more about the State's program.

Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness

Find information about Michigan severe weather awareness, poster contests, committee members.

National Weather Service - Northern Indiana

"If it's weather you love, go to weather dot gov!" The Northern Indiana Office (IWX) is the forecast office that is responsible for Berrien County, While you are there, take a look at their Skywarn resources and learn how to become a weather spotter!

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

RACES is used during any event that the Government sees a need for additional communications needs. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulation of RACES operations. Each RACES (Amateur Radio) group is administrated by a local, county, or state civil defense agency responsible for disaster services. The local amateur radio group in Berrien County is called the Berrien Amateur Radio Emergency Services (BARES) and is comprised of members from all of our local radio clubs:

Do 1 Thing

Do 1 Thing is a web-based 12 month planning guide.  It provides ideas that can be achieved easily each month.  By the end of the year, households and businesses would be better prepared. Learn more (Click Here).

Site Emergency Planning Workbook

View a workbook (PDF) provided by the Michigan State Police for developing a Site Emergency Plan.

State of Michigan Potassium Iodide (KI) program

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) continues to offer potassium iodide (KI) tablets to people living or working within 10 miles of Michigan's nuclear power plants.

Indiana & Michigan Power

Report power outages in your area.


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