Disaster Planning and Response

Harsh weather, natural disasters, or freak accidents can grind a community to a halt. Preparing for potential problems can reduce insurance costs, sustain basic services in times of crisis, and make a community a safer and more appealing place to live.

Know the possible hazards

Coastal communities are especially vulnerable to harm from coastal storms, flooding, fluctuating water levels, and other hazards. Knowing some of the hazards your community may face, now matter how slim the odds, is vital to making sure it’s prepared to weather them. Find some examples on our Coastal Hazards and Safety page.

Community resilience resources

Michigan Sea Grant has developed resources to help communities in Saginaw Bay assess their risks from extreme storms and determine what steps they might take to reduce stormwater impact. Though the resources are tailored for the Saginaw Bay region, the advice and tools can be useful to a variety of communities in the Great Lakes.

Webinars

Resources

For farmers and homeowners

Michigan State University Extension has a wealth of resources for farmers and homeowners facing floodwaters and storms:

Great Lakes Environmental Response Management Application

Designed for decision makers, resource managers, and environmental responders, the Great Lakes Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) provides information for cleaning up hazardous materials and restoring coastal and estuarine environments.

ERMA includes environmental contaminant data, as well as information on natural resources, habitats, weather, water levels, and currents. NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration developed this mapping tool in collaboration with U.S. EPA, U.S. Coast Guard and University of New Hampshire.