Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Steve Carey

Contact Information

Office (906) 635-3627
Cell (906) 748-0216
Fax (906) 253-1466

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Emergency Preparedness Planning at CCHD


In response to 9/11 and the subsequent anthrax attacks that followed, federal funding for preparedness increased exponentially. In early 2002, Congressional appropriation created two funding streams intended to strenghten the ability to plan for and respond to public health threats and biological terrorist attacks at the local level. One program was created through the Department of Health and Human Services to support public health preparedness at local health departments and another through the Health Resources and Services Administration to support preparedness at hospitals.


The CCHD Office of Emergency Preparedness currently keeps and maintains several county-wide plans that are intended to increase preparedness and response that will greatly reduce the loss of life and property during a natural or man-made public health emergency. CCHD collaborates daily with other county, tribal, and hospital preparedness partners to identify the most probable hazards here in Chippewa County and the most efficient ways to respond to them. We develop partnerships at the local and regional level to help organize the people and resources that we may need before, during, and after an emergency.


CCHD is tasked with developing and maintaining these plans on a day-to-day basis but response to an emergency in Chippewa County will be a community-wide effort. Please join the effort by becoming a Registered Michigan Volunteer at https://mivolunteerregistry.org/.



Preparing Your Home and Family


Although planning takes place at the Chippewa County Health Department, preparedness must also take place in the household. Our ability to respond to and recover from an emergency will directly relate to the resourcefulness and preparedness of our individuals and families. www.Ready.gov is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsored campaign that is designed to educate families and help empower them to prepare for natural and man-made disasters.


www.Ready.gov gives useful information that can help you and your family do three things:


1. Identify the most common risks in your area


2. Develop a family emergency plan


3. Build a emergency kit


If you are unsure where to start, think of our most common scenario here in Chippewa County: If we get several feet of snow and the power is our for three days what will our family do? Please visit this web sight and better prepare your household for emergencies that are likely to occur here in Michigan. Accomplishing just one of these three things above will greatly improve your families self sufficiency and reduce your dependency on others for help.


Become A Volunteer


Are you interested in serving as a VOLUNTEER in case of a public health emergency or disaster in our area?

Join The Michigan Volunteer Registry


The Michigan Volunteer Registry is a central location for anyone who wishes to volunteer during a public health emergency in Michigan. Whether you have a medical, emergency response, or clerical background, or just a general interest, any adult who wants to help during a disaster can volunteer. If you register, you may be contacted to participate in exercises as part of our preparedness activities.As always, your participation will be entirely voluntary, but completely appreciated!


If you are already a Registered Michigan Volunteer, please make sure to update your information at least once per year!


If you are called and unable to respond because of job obligations or other reasons, you will be under no obligation to do so at the time of the exercise, event, or emergency.

Sign up to help your community at: https://mivolunteerregistry.org/



United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula




David Brey

Volunteer Coordinator

United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula

Phone: 632-3700 ext. 4

Email: david@unitedwayeup.org


American Red Cross, Superior Upper Peninsula Chapter




Edward M. Anderson | Disaster Program Manager

American Red Cross

Northern Michigan Chapter

104 Coles Drive Suite E

Marquette, Michigan 49855

(906) 228-3659 ext. 7302 (p) | (906) 235-4697 (c)



Disposal of Mercury



Basic Disposal Instructions:

Put your MCI inside one ziplock bag and seal it.

Fold the first bag enough to fit into a second one and seal it.

Put the bagged MCI in a safe place out of the reach of children.

Bring contents to:

Chippewa County Recycling Center

1423 W. Easterday Avenue

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

(between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday)



If you have questions regarding disposal of Mercury containing items,

please contact Steve at CCHD (906) 635-3627

or Chippewa County Recycling Center at (906) 632-0525.


In the Case of a Small Mercury Spill Call the Health Department and Click the Link Below for Clean up Details:




For Large Spills (greater than 2 tablespoons) Do Not Try to Clean Yourself and Call the HD




Please take a look at http://www.cdc.gov/az/, this is an all-inclusive, alphabetical list that was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to supply educational information, resources, and contact information for every hazard from A to Z.