Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security


The National Terrorism Advisory System has replaced the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System.

Phone Number
(734) 466-2470

Police Headquarters
15050 Farmington Road

In 1987, an ordinance was adapted by the City of Livonia which created an Office of Emergency Preparedness. This was largely in response to Federal and State laws which had addressed the concerns for a better level of safety for its citizens. A number of chemical accidents and natural disasters throughout the world had adversely affected the health and welfare of many people. This prompted Congress to take these steps to better deal with the handling of all types of emergencies at a local level. The Michigan Emergency Act (PA 390) establishes the responsibility of local Emergency Managers to carry out planning, mitigation, response, and recovery for natural and human made disasters.

In keeping with that mandate, the mission statement for Livonia Emergency Preparedness is: To develop and implement an all hazard community-wide emergency plan and a viable emergency system that will organize and coordinate the city’s emergency forces. Also to identify those resources that are necessary to provide a high level of training and readiness so as to preserve and protect the peace, health, and safety of all persons and their property as well as providing recovery in the event of a national or local emergency. For information about preparing for potential terrorism, please contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at www.ready.gov or you can request a brochure at 1-800-BeReady.












September is Emergency preparedness month.  The City of Livonia is joining Michigan’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division along with federal, state, and local governments as well as private and public organizations in supporting emergency planning and preparedness initiatives. This time of year serves as a reminder that it is up to everyone to take action to prepare and plan for potential disasters and emergencies both at their homes and in their communities.

The theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can” will continue throughout the month of September.  Emphasis will also focus on preparedness for youths, older adults and those with disabilities and special needs.  Disasters can happen at any time and always seem to come without warning.  Having an emergency plan in place for your family, community and business will allow citizens to navigate through a disaster safely, efficiently and in a timely manner.

For more information on National Preparedness month please visit: https://www.ready.gov/september



Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 16th thru 22nd.  The City of Livonia’s Emergency Preparedness Department would like to remind the community to take this time to prepare and plan for the unexpected.  Michigan residents are encouraged to learn more about the risks associated with severe weather and become familiar with the information necessary to help them protect themselves and their property in the event of severe weather.

Michigan’s geographical location makes it susceptible to a variety of severe weather events, including flooding, tornadoes, blizzards, sustained heat and drought. Residents are urged to become aware and prepared for severe weather to protect themselves, their families and property.

In 2016 Michigan had several severe storms that spawned 16 tornados across the state, which is near the average of 15. While tornadoes are nature’s most violent weather, all forms of severe weather can have a huge impact on the State of Michigan. Michigan citizens need to be vigilant whenever severe weather is in the forecast, not only for tornadoes, but also for wind, hail, flooding and lightning. While tornadoes can occur during any time of the year, they are especially common during the late spring and early summer months, with the average lead time for these storms to develop being only 10 to 15 minutes. This means citizens need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued.

If a severe storm or tornado warning is issued:

  • Find shelter and take cover in an interior room of a building, preferably a basement. If a basement does not exist, find an interior hallway away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Tune to radio or TV broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms.
  • Know the difference:
    • Watch means conditions exist for a tornado or severe storms to develop
    • Warning means severe storms are eminent a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar.
  • Be aware of the following signs that may indicate a tornado:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark low-lying cloud
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train
  • Develop a 72-hour emergency supply kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, a NOAA Weather Radio, important medications, critical documents and items that satisfy your unique needs.

As part of the severe weather awareness week, the State of Michigan is encouraging participation in a statewide tornado drill that will occur at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 13. This statewide drill is a part of a seasonal effort to encourage Michigan residents to take action to prepare and practice emergency plans.

Although the City of Livonia stands together with the State of Michigan in emergency preparedness and planning, Livonia will not sound the sirens during this drill. The City of Livonia will continue with its monthly test on the first Saturday of each month at 1pm only.

For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado or other preparedness measures, go to http://livoniapd.com/ and click on the Home Town security link at the bottom. Emergency preparedness information is also available at www.ready.gov/tornadoes .



Download the 2016-2017 Michigan Winter Hazards Awareness packet. This packet contains frequently asked questions and offers tips regarding winter weather hazards. 



Heat Awareness Day in Michigan is Friday, May 27, 2016.  Please see this document with information about heat in Michigan, heat health issues, heat safety, and heat resources.

Additional information can be found at:  http://www.weather.gov/dtx/heataware2



Download the 2015-2016 Michigan Winter Hazards Awareness packet. This packet contains frequently asked questions and offers tips regarding winter weather hazards.  



Red Cross Mobile Apps put instant help in your hand – from first aid, flood and tornado information to fire, shelter and pet first aid and more.



With arctic temperatures expected to impact Southeast Michigan through this weekend the City of Livonia Emergency Preparedness is encouraging citizens to be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold. For more information, view this Extreme Cold – 2015 document.


FEMA App / Text Messages

Download the FEMA app to access disaster preparedness tips, get emergency meeting location information and more. Take your preparedness measures to the next level with FEMA text messages. Subscribe to receive regular safety tips for specific disaster types and search for open shelters. In addition, the American Red Cross has a host of weather-specific apps that will get you better prepared.



The SKYWARN training program is a partnership between the National Weather Service and our community that is designed to help reduce the threat posed by severe weather. The key element of this partnership is a network of trained volunteer “storm spotters” who relay reports of severe weather to the NWS. Even with available technology, storm spotters are an extremely important component in severe weather warning. SKYWARN trained residents learn valuable tools to help provide their community potentially life-saving information.

For any questions please contact Livonia Emergency Preparedness Director, Sgt. Brian C. Kahn at brian.kahn@livoniapd.com or (734) 466-2368.

Click on the following link to view the Fall-2015 SKYWARN Spotter Newsletter:   FALL_2015_SKYWARN

For more details, please view the SKYWARN Informational.




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