Emergency Management

Flooded RoadThe Farmington Hills Fire Department administers the Emergency Management (EM) program for the City of Farmington Hills.  This entails planning to reduce the vulnerability of the entire community from all natural and human made disasters.  The all hazards planning phases are based upon the Federal model and include prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  This is a community wide effort at all levels; including residents, schools, businesses, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations and each department of the city government.

Farmington Hills is one of four cities in Oakland County that runs its own Emergency Management program pursuant to Public Act 390 of 1976 (PA 390). The Emergency Management team consists of three certified Professional Emergency Managers, Department Heads from each City Department; and is overseen by the Mayor, City Council and City Manager.  EM members continually train and drill for all hazards: locally, with neighboring communities, with Oakland County Department of Homeland Security, Michigan State Police Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

In the event of an emergency that is beyond the scope of local resources, the Mayor would activate the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). This would initiate the Emergency Management Team (EMT) to open the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to begin responding to the emergency.  The most recent EOC activation was in October of 2017 when a 48” water main owned and operated by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) burst.  While the EOC was activated for one week to manage this incident, the Emergency Management Team spent months working on the community recovery and continues working with regional partners to prevent and mitigate future water main issues.

While the City is working hard to ensure that it is prepared in the event of a disaster, we encourage families and businesses to be prepared to take care of themselves until help can arrive. Information on how you can prepare your family or business is available through the Farmington Hills Fire Department or on theFederal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, and Oakland County Homeland Security websites.


The nine outdoor warning sirens in Farmington Hills are activated by the Oakland County Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the National Weather Service.

It is important to know that the sirens in Oakland County are an “outdoor” warning system, and are not intended to be heard indoors. Because of this, all residents are encouraged to have a weather radio for indoor warning.

Regular testing of the sirens for 2021 will begin on the first Saturday in March – November at 1:00pm. The exception is  a mid-week test on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:00pm for Severe Weather Awareness Week. Sirens are not activated in December, January or February.

More information about the outdoor warning siren system can be found at the Oakland County website.

Before the Storm

NOAA Weather Radio 
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Purchase an Emergency Alert Weather Radio which will alert users to local National Weather Service (NWS) weather warnings.

After the Storm

If you are impacted by tornado damage, check for injured and treat accordingly. Contact emergency responders concerning injured, trapped and damage. If your home is heavily damaged shut of the gas.  Look for and flag downed power lines, damaged trees and buildings from a safe distance.  Contact family and friends.  Have available a backup battery and extra regular batteries for electronic devices.  Have a working radio and flashlights.  Remember that candles start fires.


Warm Weather Safety

It is time to prepare for the heat by keeping these tips in mind.  Pay extra attention to those most affected by weather extremes such as the young, the elderly and pets.


First Aid Kits
Please update your first aid kit to modern trauma standards which includes tourniquets and trauma bandages.  You should have one for each vehicle, boat, cottage etc.

Flood Safety Tips and Resources Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat to some part of the United States and its territories nearly every day of the year.