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Youth Readiness Council
St. Clair County HSEM Youth Readiness Council - DEADLINE EXTENDED

St. Clair County Homeland Security - Emergency Management Youth Readiness Council is now accepting applications for 2016.  This is a great opportunity for youths between the ages of 13 - 17.  Application deadline has been extended till May 5, 2016.

The St. Clair County office of Homeland Security - Emergency Management (HSEM) offers a unique opportunity for youths within St. Clair County to serve on a 13 member Youth Readiness Council.  The purpose of this Council allows members to complete self-selected youth preparedness projects; to voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions on youth disaster readiness with the leadership of HSEM; and to create the Youth Readiness Summit. Being selected to serve on the Council is an honor but it is also a significant responsibility that requires dedication and time-management skills. 


The Youth Readiness Council is building a portable Safety Town to provide safety education to preschool through first grade students throughout St. Clair County.

Every day the children face new challenges as they learn the proper way to cross the street, buckle their seat belt, wear a helmet while riding a bicycle and understand the colors of the traffic light and traffic signs. In addition, we will cover other safety lessons such as: strangers, home, fire, railroad tracks, school bus, guns and how to dial 911.

Safety Town is a fun 1.5 hour safety awareness program that is designed for a child in Preschool through grade 1. Through this child-sized town, the children are taught basic safety lessons that they will use for the rest of their life.


The Council is offering a one-time opportunity to become a SAFETY TOWN CHAMPION for a $500 donation which will enable the project to be completed and ready for use in late summer. Champions will be recognized on a display wall at every Safety Town event, recognized in various promotions, handouts and other opportunities as they arise.

The Youth Readiness Council provides opportunity for 13-17 year olds from throughout St. Clair County complete self-selected youth preparedness projects; to voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions, and questions on youth disaster readiness with the leadership of HSEM, and to increase safety education for younger children.

If you are interested in becoming a SAFETY TOWN CHAMPION, you can call 810-989-6325 or email YRC@stclaircounty.org before April 23, 2016.

Changing W.I.N.S. settings

Getting calls from the W.I.N.S. system that you do not want.  Please see the instructions below to tailor the alerts to what you want, how you want and when you want.

Many people received a very early morning alert from the W.I.N.S. regarding a Winter Storm Warning. Please note that the National Weather Service intentionally sends out these type of alerts early in the morning to ensure they are available for the morning news.

The W.I.N.S. system does allow a "do not disturb between" setting which allows people to not receive non-emergency alerts between the hours they choose. Emergency "life and safety" alerts such as Evacuation, Shelter in Place or Tornado Warnings bypass this "do not disturb" setting.

The W.I.N.S. system is highly configurable, make sure the system works the way YOU want it to notifying you on what you want, how you want, when you want.


The Kids for Safety Program is an updated program that teaches children several different types of preparedness.  There are 5 different modules; 72 Hour Preparedness, School Safety, Home Safety, Fire Safety, and Weather Safety.

Each module is taught within a 1 hour time frame.  After the lesson is taught the youth are given handouts or tasks that they have to accomplish with a parent or guardian.  Some of these are to make an Emergency Kit, have an Emergency Contact List, make and practice Exit Drills, Test Smoke Detectors, and plan where to go in an extreme weather situation.

The program objectives are designed to strengthen the safety knowledge of children in our communities to establish a preparedness level with our residents prior to incidents occurring thus making this a safer community.  We are outreaching to children ages 5 to 12 years old by giving them the opportunity to earn a patch in the following safety areas:  72 Hour Preparedness, Fire Safety, Weather Safety, School Safety and Home Safety.  The development of the program was intended to give parents/guardians and children the ability to continue being prepared at home and school.

The children will each receive a Safety Patch for the module or modules that they attend.  If they chose to attend all 5 modules they will also receive a certificate for their participation.  

If you are interested in hosting a Kids for Safety Program in your area, contact our office at (810) 989-6386


What is Ready Neighborhood?

Simply put, the Ready Neighborhood Program is a group of neighbors who have agreed to work together following a big disaster.  Some neighborhoods like to have a very formal plan, with assigned roles and tasks, while other are more spontaneous, leaving specific assignments to the day of the disaster.  There is no right or wrong way to organize. The way you do it really depends on the neighborhood “personality”.

Regardless of how you organize there are some easy steps you can take to get everyone on the block thinking about disaster preparedness.

Here in St. Clair County we may experience a variety of disasters from weather related floods and power outages to single family fires , or a Chemical release or spill.  We also know that our normal daily lives can be severely disrupted and services we are used to getting (clean water, electricity, natural gas, phone and internet, fire and police response) will be very limited to non-existent.  That is why we encourage people to not only prepare themselves and their families, but to talk to their neighbors about how they will work together to make sure everyone in the neighborhood is safe and cared for.

St. Clair County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) has created a Ready Neighborhood Program to help your neighborhood get organized in times of disaster.  There is an online toolkit that provides practical step-by-step instructions on organizing as a neighborhood.  If you want, the HSEM can come out to your neighborhood and help you prepare.  For more information about this program call 810-989-6325 or email at emergencymanagement@stclaircounty.org  or our website:  www.bereadystclaircounty.org

This is a 3 Step Process: (click on below links for more information)

Facilitator tool kit links (full packages are available from HSEM):

Facilitators Guide

Step 1:  Getting Together

Step 2:  Getting Organized

Step 3: Enhancing Your Neighborhood (Coming Soon)

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Click here to go to the Port Huron Police Capture Program. 
Or you can call (810)987-6688 to leave anonymous tips

To report suspicious activity to the Michigan State Police, call: 855-642-4847
To report School Safety Threats, you can contact the OK2SAY tip line at: 855-565-2729


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