Manager's Department -  2074 Aurelius Road, Holt MI  48842 - (517) 694-2137 - email


Delhi Charter Township Office of Emergency Management

Mission: To maximize survival of Delhi Charter township residents, mitigate, prevent and/or minimize injuries, and preserve property and resources in Delhi Charter Township by making use of all available staffing, equipment, and other resources in the event of natural or man-made disasters. 

Emergency Management is a comprehensive system of policies, practices, and procedures designed to protect people and property from the effects of emergencies or disasters. It includes programs, resources, and the phases of Emergency Management Ė Prevention, Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation from effects of all hazards.

As with all communities in Michigan, Delhi Charter Township is subject to natural, technical and human-related hazards. These hazards have the potential to threaten life, health, and safety, as well as impact the quality of life, property, environment and infrastructure.

The Delhi Charter Township, Office of Emergency Management was established in March of 2016. The Emergency Management Coordinator holds the designation as a Professional Emergency Manager from the State of Michigan and serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Delhi Charter Township. The Office of Emergency Management is under Delhi Charter Township, Fire Department.

Under Public Act 390, the State of Michigan has established a plan for local governments to operate with authority to act during emergencies and disasters. Delhi Charter Township has a very robust and comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan approved by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, which addresses all hazards:  natural, man-made, technological, hazardous materials incidents, and emergencies involving Weapons of Mass Destruction.

It is a common axiom of emergency management and response that every incident begins and ends locally. The Chief Executive Officer/Elected Official (CEO) and Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) are the core of a local Unified Command and operates out of an Emergency Operations Center. This may include fire, police, and emergency medical services, public health, school superintendent, human resources, public works, American Red Cross, damage assessment and others, depending on the emergency. Emergency Operations Center and is in close contact with the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and monitors, controls and mitigates every aspect of the emergency.

The public is alerted through social media, radio, television stations, and other notification systems. During severe weather notification via the public warning sirens located throughout the Township.

 Hazard Mitigation Planning

The Tri-County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan was created to protect the health, safety, and economic interests of residents and businesses in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties and Delta Charter Township in mid-Michiganís greater Lansing region. The regional Plan will reduce the impacts of natural and technological hazards through hazard mitigation planning, awareness, and implementation.

This Plan is the foundation for hazard mitigation activities and actions within Michiganís Tri-County Capital area region. Implementation of recommendations will reduce loss of life, destruction of property, and economic losses due to natural and technological hazards. The plan provides a path toward continuous, proactive reduction of vulnerability to hazards that result in repetitive and oftentimes severe social, economic and physical damage. The ideal end state is full integration of hazard mitigation concepts into day-to-day governmental and business functions and management practices.

This Plan employs a broad perspective in examining multi-hazard mitigation activities and opportunities in the Tri-County region. Emphasis is placed on hazards that have resulted in threats to the public health, safety and welfare, as well as the social, economic and physical fabric of the community. The plan addresses such hazards as floods, tornadoes, windstorms, winter storms, forest fires, structural fires, hazardous material incidents, and secondary technological hazards that result from natural hazard events. Each hazard was analyzed from a historical perspective, evaluated for potential risk, and considered for possible mitigative action. The plan also lays out the legal basis for planning and the tools to be used for its implementation.

Here is a copy of the Tri-County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015-2020.

See Something, Say Something

The United States Department of Homeland Security is encouraging you, the American Citizen, to become more involved in the fight against terrorism by encouraging you to be alert and to report suspicious activity whenever it is observed. The "See Something, Say Something" campaign is intended to make the possibility of a terrorist attack more difficult by enlisting the eyes and ears of this Country's Citizenry.

It may be difficult to determine when to report something suspicious. People most familiar with a given environment are in the best position to determine whether or not something is out of the ordinary. Use common sense and follow these simple guidelines:

  • Trust your instincts; if something feels wrong, don't ignore it

  • Never assume that someone else has already reported it

  • Call Local authorities

  • Keep your distance. Never approach a suspicious person or package

When you make a report, be ready to provide your name, your location, a description of what you think is suspicious and the time you saw it. Remember, let the professionals assess the situation and to make the determination as to whether the situation is a real threat or just an honest mistake.

See Something, Say Something contacts:

Ingham County Sheriff/Delhi Township Division: (517) 694-0045

Ingham County Sheriff: (517) 676-2431

Federal Bureau of Investigation: (313) 965-2323

Do 1 Thing

Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don't know where to start, so they never start at all. With Do 1 Thing you can take small steps that make a big difference in an emergency.

Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters.

Do 1 Thing is a non-profit organization that wants to help build stronger communities. When people in our community are prepared, emergency responders can help more people. When people are prepared themselves, they can help their neighbors.

The board is comprised of members from many different service agencies who work together to help people become prepared. This builds stronger more disaster resilient communities. Their day jobs are in emergency management, human services, and many other fields. Together, they have over 100 years experience in disaster preparedness and response.

The mission of Do 1 Thing is to move individuals, families, businesses and communities to prepare for all hazards and become disaster resilient.

To get started click here. 


Links to help you prepare for an emergency

Michigan Flood Ready

MI Ready

Winter Preparedness

Family Preparedness Guide

Office of Emergency Management Contact Information

James R. Porcello

Emergency Management Coordinator

Delhi Township Fire Department

2074 Aurelius Road, Holt MI 48842

Phone: (517)694-3327

Fax: (517)699-3879

Office Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This page was updated March 24, 2017