Emergency Preparedness

This site is designed to keep families informed of public health emergency preparation activities in Benzie and Leelanau Counties.  The goals of this site are:

  • assure that there is timely identification and response to public health emergencies
  • assure that a competent public health, health care, and emergency response workforce exists in our region
  • assure that health department policies will support an effective and coordinated response to an emergency.
  • assure that State, Local and community partnerships are mobilized to promptly identify problems, to coordinate a response to emergencies and assure adequate health care for affected individuals.

We work closely with the Local Emergency Management Coordinators, the Region 7 Healthcare Coalition, and other emergency response agencies to ensure a coordinated and effective response to any emergency.


For public health emergencies threatening northern Michigan, the Health Department partners with Grand Traverse County Health Department and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in preparing for all-hazards affecting our jurisdictions under a joint emergency preparedness program referred to as Northern Michigan Public Health Emergency Preparedness (NMPHEP.

Contact Information

For Emergencies, please contact 911

Jim Reardon, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

231-256-0235 (office)