An Emergency Preparedness Campaign Platform…

Residents and Business Owners in Rochester need to be prepared before disaster strikes. is designed to give you the tools necessary to effectively mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from community disasters such as fire, flood, tornado and severe winter weather.

This campaign includes Community Outreach Programs and Resources for Rochester Citizens and Businesses to learn how to help prepare and protect themselves, families, pets, homes, businesses and employees. The City of Rochester's Fire Department, Emergency Preparedness Branch utilizes resources from the Department of Homeland Security's Ready campaign. Ready is a national public service effort designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Be Informed:

​ Know what disasters and hazards could affect the Rochester area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family needed to evacuate. Visit the following related links to learn what to do before, during and after each type of emergency.

Know the Hazards and Threats

​ Natural, Manmade and Technological hazards and threats could affect the Rochester Community.
​ Below are potential examples of these.

Sign up for emergency alerts

​ Rochester City's Mass Notification System "CivicReady " is used to disseminate important messages regarding the safety or welfare of the community and non-emergency events or important updates. Examples would include water service emergencies, lost children or seniors, and hazardous situations that impact safety, property or welfare of our citizens. This service allows City officials to send out emergency and/or non-emergency notifications by phone, text, email and other contact methods to thousands of residents within minutes.

Rochester City


Oakland County  

National Weather Service

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Be Prepared:

​The time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is long before any disaster. Take time now to create a disaster plan and emergency kit for yourself and your loved ones, including your pets. Making a plan before a disaster hits helps family members react wisely. The following resources will help you prepare for a variety of disasters and emergencies.

Make a Plan

​Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to be prepared and practice your plan. Know how you'll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find.


This City of Rochester Fire Department as obtained a partnership registration with Do1Thing. This partnership allows the Rochester Fire Department to teach the Do1Thing emergency preparedness curriculum to citizens and businesses alike​. Please contact the fire station, at (248) 651-4470 for more information


Special Situations



People with Disabilities

Active Military or Veterans

​Each military installation has a Readiness and Emergency Management Flight. It provides emergency management materials and information to help military and family members prepare for emergencies.



Marine Corps:

Air Force:

Coast Guard:


Financial Preparedness


​When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. The following resources will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards.

Build an emergency kit

​After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Kit for Pets  


After a Disaster:

​Recovery and Rebuild Assistance from FEMA may help you and members of your household who are affected by a disaster take care of necessary expenses and serious needs that cannot be met through insurance or other forms of assistance.

Get Involved:

​There are many ways to get involved before and after a disaster occurs. Learn more about organizations taking action in Rochester and volunteer.