Recommendations to consider:
Develop a household disaster plan, have a meeting to
discuss what each family member would do. Plan to work
together as a team. Have a predetermined meeting place if
you cannot return to your home.
Monitor television (CNN and Local) and Radio for the
Monitor Community Cable (Channel 15) and the Bloomfield
Township website for updates concerning the situation in
Have a battery-operated radio and spare batteries in
case of power outage.
Consider purchasing a portable generator. The hook-up
for wiring into your home should be done by a licensed
electrician not only for your safety, but also for the
safety of power company employees.
Have a list of emergency contact telephone numbers.
Police & Fire Phone number is 248.433.7755.
Have a three-day supply of bottled water on hand in case
of water supply problems.
Have non-perishable food in storage at your home.
Be observant of any suspicious activity and report it to
Work together with your local school to ensure emergency
procedures are in place.
Apartment residents should discuss emergency procedures
with their building manager.
Talk to your neighbors to discuss how you can help each
other in the event of a disaster.
Check on elderly neighbors, or any neighbor who lives by
Tips For Communicating Before, During & After Disasters
Prepared by the Federal Communications Commission and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency
When disaster strikes, you want to be able to communicate
by both receiving and distributing information to others.
You may need to call 9-1-1 for assistance, locate friends or
family, or let loved ones know that you are okay. During
disasters, communications networks could be damaged, lose
power, or become congested. This fact sheet provides two
important sets of tips. The first will help you prepare your
home and mobile devices for a disaster. The second may help
you communicate more effectively during and immediately
after a disaster.
Before a Disaster: How to Prepare Your Home and Mobile
1. Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers in your
cell phone and in or near your home phone.
2. Keep charged batteries and car-phone chargers available
for back-up power for your cell phone.
3. If you have a traditional landline (non-broadband or
VOIP) phone, keep at least one non-cordless phone in your
home because it will work even if you lose power.
4. Prepare a family contact sheet. This should include at
least one out-of-town contact that may be better able to
reach family members in an emergency.
5. Program “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) contacts into your
cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people
for you if you are unable to use your phone. Let your ICE
contacts know that they are programmed into your phone and
inform them of any medical issues or other special needs you
6. If you are evacuated and have call-forwarding on your
home phone, forward your home phone number to your cell
7. If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone
card to use if needed during or after a disaster.
8. Have a battery-powered radio or television available
(with spare batteries).
9. Subscribe to text alert services from local or state
governments to receive alerts in the event of a disaster.
Parents should sign up for their school district emergency
During and After a Disaster: How to Reach Friends, Loved
Ones & Emergency Services
1. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
Remember that you cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are
not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. Call
248.433.7755 for non-emergencies.
2. For non-emergency communications with family or friends,
use text messaging, e-mail, or social media instead of
making voice calls on your cell phone to avoid tying up
voice networks. Data-based services like texts and emails
are less likely to experience network congestion. You can
also use social media to post your status to let family and
friends know you are okay. In addition to Facebook and
Twitter, you can use resources such as the
American Red Cross’s Safe and Well program.
3. Keep all phone calls brief. If you need to use a phone,
try to convey only vital information to emergency personnel
4. If you are unsuccessful in completing a call using your
cell phone, wait ten seconds before redialing to help reduce
5. Conserve your cell phone battery by reducing the
brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane
mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power,
unless you need to use the phone.
6. If you lose power, you can charge your cell phone in your
car. Just be sure your car is in a well-ventilated place
(remove it from the garage) and do not go to your car until
any danger has passed. You can also listen to your car radio
for important news alerts.
7. Tune into broadcast television and radio for important
news alerts. If applicable, be sure that you know how to
activate the closed captioning or video description on your
8. If you do not have a hands-free device in your car, stop
driving or pull over to the side of the road before making a
call. Do not text on a cell phone, talk, or “tweet” without
a hands free device while driving.
9. Immediately following a disaster, resist using your
mobile device to watch streaming videos, download music or
videos, or play video games, all of which can add to network
congestion. Limiting use of these services can help
potentially life-saving emergency calls get through to
www.ready.gov regularly to find other helpful tips for
preparing for disasters and other emergencies.
The following websites can provide additional information
Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and
Creating an Emergency Plan
For Kids: Guide To National Security Emergencies