A new state web site specifically designed to provide proactive emergency planning information for individuals, families, and businesses made its electronic debut today, marking a critical point in the states effort to educate the public on what to do during a potential crisis.
 
The web site - www.michigan.gov/prepare - offers citizens the latest available information on family preparedness, chemical, biological, and radiological emergencies, natural disasters, and severe weather. The site features state resources, as well as links to other federal assets that are considered the last word for family emergency preparedness. The site is a compilation of resources from multiple state agencies - all of whom have contributed content for emergency preparedness - including the Michigan State Police and its Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH), Agriculture (MDA), Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Natural Resources (DNR).
 
"The debut of this web site is especially timely given that September is National Preparedness Month," stated Col. Peter C. Munoz, Director of the Michigan State Police and State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. "During this month, I encourage all citizens to take a few moments to review the valuable resources available on this site."
 
Through www.michigan.gov/prepare , individuals can access a wide range of health information, said Janet Olszewski, MDCH Director. We want this web site to be the first place citizens around the state visit to protect themselves both before and during a potential crisis. 
 
Olszewski said Michigan also is undertaking a marketing campaign with television, radio, and print advertising to make citizens aware that the new web site exists. Television and radio commercials for the new web site began today around the state.
 
"It is important for all of us to be prepared for accidents that can jeopardize the health of our families," said DEQ Director Steven E. Chester. "By better understanding how to respond to an emergency situation, we can all help to keep Michigan safe."
 
"Utilizing the food safety guidelines found on this web site will help protect Michigan families from farm to fork," said Mitch Irwin, MDA director. "Preserving the viability of the state's food supply is MDA's top priority as evidenced by the recent E.coli outbreak."