Emergency Management

Capital Area Ingham County AlertsClick here to join the free notification system

If you have been using the text message feature to get messages to your phone, you'll want to upgrade to the app as soon as possible. The biggest issue is timeliness - when mass texts go out, the rate they are pushed is restricted by the cellphone carriers. Using the app, there is no limit as this uses their backbone communications - so we can send tens of thousands at once.

In addition, starting later this summer we are moving many of the traffic alerts to the app only. (Major incidents will still go out via text for phones that can't support the app.) This will allow you to better select which parts of the county you would like to be notified for regarding crashes and detours and the like, and allows us to provide graphics or maps for some of the incidents.

The other advantage is that if you travel - this will automatically connect you to other emergency alert systems in the country using Everbridge. If you are driving through a county that has sent an alert out, you will get it without having to have signed up for their service...

And it's still free for you! If you have an account already, just download the app and enter your password. If you don't, it's VERY easy to sign up (again - at no cost) through the app.

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Ingham County Emergency Management


In partnership with the residents of Ingham County, it is the mission of the Ingham County Sheriff, through its Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, to provide a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan. The office will provide our citizens with an efficient and comprehensive response in emergency situations, which is designed to save lives, prevent property damage, and protect the environmental resources. These services will be provided at the highest possible standards, while respecting the rights of all people.

In 1997, pursuant to Public Act 390 of 1990, also known as Michigan’s Emergency Management Act, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appointed the elected sheriff as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Ingham County. 

Sheriff Wriggelsworth has appointed a command sergeant to the position of Program Manager to administer the day to day responsibilities and management of the Emergency Services office itself. Sgt Bob Boerkoel started in that role in August 2020.

A planner is also assigned to this office, fully funded using DHS/FEMA Homeland Security Grant Program dollars, to assist in developing plans, training, and exercises for the county and the region. That position has been held by Rob Dale since 2012.

You can contact the office via email at eoc@ingham.org


All governmental municipalities within Ingham County fall under the guidance of the Ingham County Emergency Operations Plan with the exception of the City of Lansing and Delhi Township, which maintains their own Emergency Operations Plan and management staff.

The Program Manager’s responsibilities include:

  • Develop and annually update the Emergency Operations Plan and annexes
  • Prepare plans for population protection, evacuation, sheltering, and emergency services
  • Coordinate disaster response and recovery programs
  • Provide emergency management training opportunities
  • Conduct exercises to test the different phases of the emergency operations plan
  • Promote public awareness of hazards and encourage individual preparedness
  • Coordinates homeland security grants and activities
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The program manager focuses planning activities on the four phases of emergency management listed below:

  • Mitigation: activities aimed to eliminate or reduce the probability or occurrence of an emergency or disaster. It also refers to activities designed to postpone, dissipate, or lessen the effects of a disaster or emergency. Examples include strict regulations on the transportation of hazardous materials in urban areas or warning sirens to alert the public of impending severe weather.
  • Preparedness: plans to ensure the most effective and efficient response to an emergency or disaster and to lay the ground work for response operations. Preparedness is essential because it is impossible to completely mitigate against all types of emergencies.
  • Response: the first phase directly after the onset of the disaster or emergency. It is intended to provide emergency assistance, sheltering, medical care, search and rescue, damage assessment, and or other measures to enhance future recovery operations.
  • Recovery: continues beyond the emergency and focuses on returning all systems back to normal. Short term recovery activities include returning vital human services to minimum operating standards, such as providing crisis counseling, food, clothing, heat, water, and power. Long term recovery could include offering redevelopment loans, legal assistance, community planning, and government financial assistance.

A model of the emergency management cycle:emermgmtcrcl

Click here for the Tri-County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Ingham County is a StormReady County

StormReady helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property – before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. For more information, please click here.