Please click the "+" sign for answers to frequently asked questions of Oakland County Homeland Security.
There are several types of shelters. You may be asked to shelter in-place
in your home or office if a chemical release has occurred in your area.
In-place sheltering means to stay inside, close and seal all doors and
windows, shut off ventilation systems. You may also be asked to take
shelter in the event of severe weather. If you are outside, move
indoors. At home, seek shelter in the basement or on the lowest level
and in a small interior room with no windows. In the event of a
disaster, you may be asked to go to a shelter that has been set up in
your community until it is safe for you to return home.
Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross. In Southeast Michigan, call 1-800-774-6066 or visit http://www.semredcross.org.
See the United States Post Office's flyer on Suspicious Mail and Packages.
To identify hazardous materials facilities in your area contact your Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in Oakland County at 248-858-5371 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Probably not unless there is wide-spread damage. Federal flood insurance
is only available if you live in a flood plain. Check with your
homeowners insurance to find out if you are covered for flooding in your
home due to sewer backup, plumbing problems, etc.
Municipalities, through a cost share program with Oakland County,
purchase sirens and determine their locations. Many municipalities in
Oakland County do not have full siren coverage, some have no sirens at
all. To determine if there are sirens in your area, please call 248
Be sure the storm has passed before you leave your shelter and use extreme caution in all that you do.
Safety is your first priority. Take shelter immediately. If possible,
call Oakland County Homeland Security Division at 248-858-5300
(24-hour). Identify yourself, give location and, if possible, direction
of tornado. Do not call police, fire or the news media.
Report suspicious activity to your local fire department.
Oakland County tests its outdoor warning siren system on the first Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m. See Siren Test Schedule for exceptions. The test will be cancelled if the potential exists for severe weather (for more information, see Early Weather Warning program).
Therefore, if you hear the sirens, and its not the first Saturday of
the month, take cover immediately. If it is the first Saturday of the
month and the sky looks threatening, take cover immediately.
Don't wait for a disaster to hit, be prepared. See Family Disaster Planning, Sheltering In-Place, Chemicals in your Home and Chemical Emergencies.