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Overview

Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. Emergency management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters with the mission of protecting communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters.

The Osceola County Emergency Management website is available to ensure convenient availability of emergency management information to local government, public and private entities, and especially citizens and families, with the intent of supporting efforts in protection / prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation through community partnerships.

State of Michigan Update

The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households. The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21. 

MDHHS had been closely monitoring three metrics for stabilization or declines over the past several weeks. Michigan continues to see improvements in these metrics which has allowed for additional relaxing of protocols and reopening of activities. In recent days:

  1. Hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 patients has been in seven-week decline, with current capacity at 9.9% for beds with COVID-19 patients. Peaked at 19.6% on Tuesday, Dec. 4. 
  2. Overall case rates:  Currently at 225 cases per million. Peaked at 740 cases per million on Saturday, Nov. 14, plateaued after a decline to 239 on Friday, Dec. 25 and has been in decline for 11 days.  
  3. Positivity rate: currently at 6.8% and declining

COVID-19

Osceola County Emergency Management strives to keep the community up to date in regards to the changing policies surrounding COVID-19. The priority of the department is to ensure the safety of all individuals and reduce the spread of this disease. For more information about key ways to keep you and your family safe click the link below to learn more.

Preparedness

First Aid

An emergency can happen at any time and it is extremely important to be prepared and know what to do while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Completing training in first aid, CPR, AED, or pet first aid would allow any individual to help when a disaster happens. If you have no prior training you… Continue reading First Aid

Emergency Supplies

Disasters are easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Supplies such as first aid kits, nonperishable snacks, emergency information (such as insurance policies), extra flashlights and batteries, personal items (such as toothbrushes), and a list of medications and correct dosage amount are important emergency supplies to have in your house. In addition… Continue reading Emergency Supplies

Power

When the power goes out, you may lose other important resources which is why it is important to make a plan to ensure you will have what you need in a power outage. Equipment such as portable generators can help keep food cool, provide lights and electricity for phone and television, power furnace blowers and… Continue reading Power

NIXLE – Emergency Alert System

NIXLE is the emergency alert system that Osceola County uses to inform the public about what is going on in the community. It is critical to have a quick and easy way to communicate with residents when disaster strikes. For more information about the system and how to sign up click the link below.