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Novembers Three Day Disaster Preparedness Course has been cancelled

Our Disaster Preparedness Course scheduled for November 3rd, 4th, and 5th has been cancelled.  We will announce the dates for our next course soon.



Community Emergency Response Team Animal Modules I & II Training (July 29th)

Animal Modules I (9:00 am -12:00 Noon)

The CERT supplemental module on Animal Response I is the first of two modules that make up the CERT Animal Response training. CERT supplemental training builds on the CERT Basic Training course and is intended for CERT members who have completed the basic training. Animal Response I will teach CERT members emergency preparedness for animal owners and how to recognize specific animal behaviors.

Animal Modules II (1:00 PM – 16:00 PM)

The CERT supplemental module on Animal Response II is the second of two modules that make up the CERT Animal Response training. CERT supplemental training builds on the CERT Basic Training course and is intended for CERT members who have completed the basic training. Animal Response II will prepare CERT members for situations involving animals that they may encounter in performing their broader CERT response functions.


Bonnie Charles, Novi CERT
Jen Potrafka, City of Novi CERT Trainer,

Training Materials

Lincoln Park CERT requests that every attendee bring printed copies of the CERT Animal Response Module I Participant Manual and the CERT Animal Response Module II Participant Manual to the event, or have electronic copies available.

This training is open to anyone who is a member of a CERT Team.




You Are Part of Our Team

Arlington County Fire Department staff explain how important it is for citizens to act before professional emergency responders can arrive.  The worst thing you can do is stand by and do nothing!

Five Steps to Help Until Help Arrives

If someone is injured, the first few minutes are critical in helping the chances of surviving serious or life-threatening injuries. Would you know how to help them until professional help arrives? A new, easy five-step program will help you learn how.

The You Are The Help Until Help Arrives (Until Help Arrives) program can educate you on how to take action in emergencies. A multiagency effort led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), the Uniformed Services University’s (USU) National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) developed the base of the program.

FEMA and collaborating federal agencies decided to build the Until Help Arrives program after research revealed there are simple, easy steps anyone can do to increase the chances of survival for an injured person. Until Help Arrives is the first comprehensive, free-of-charge training program that broadly covers what you should do until help arrives.

According to a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, trauma, such as injuries from a car accident, gun violence, or a fall, is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. The study goes on to say that when people see someone get hurt, their first reaction can be surprise or shock and that response often keeps them from taking action to help.

“The idea is to empower people through training and familiarity to increase the number of people who will be that first person to move and make a difference,” said Andrew Burrows, Citizen Responder Lead with FEMA ICPD

A panel of medical doctors from the multi-agency group established the five actions for the Until Help Arrives program, which require no special equipment. These five actions are calling 9-1-1, protecting the injured from further harm, stopping any bleeding, positioning the injured so they can breathe, and providing comfort.

There are online resources at that can help educate on the five steps. An interactive video set at an amusement park informs how to assist those injured in an accident at different areas of the park, including a runaway go-kart and a malfunctioning Ferris wheel.

“The idea for the interactive video was to introduce the five steps in an entertaining and fun way,” Burrows said. “Our approach was for people to learn the basics in a unique format. This will increase the chances for people to feel comfortable enough to engage in more web-based training which can also be found on the campaign website.” The Until Help Arrives Interactive Video challenges viewers to help virtual accident victims.

While the interactive video only takes a few minutes to complete, the web-based training includes a 25-minute video tutorial for those who want to learn more about how to help a person with life-threatening injuries.

“One of our goals is to generate a change in the perception of how people interact with someone who is injured,” Burrows said. “There is often the idea that if somebody is injured, private individuals should not get directly involved. However, people can gain the confidence to help with this program.”

If you would like to provide Until Help Arrives information and training for a group, there are a number of available resources including instructor-led training materials with a slide deck, supplemental videos, and an instructor guide with tips to teach the course. No qualifications are required. The materials are ideal for a variety of programs and individuals, such as scout troops, volunteer firefighters, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and others who want to educate their organization or community.

“There are no requirements or certifications needed to lead Until Help Arrives training,” Burrows said. “It is ready-made instruction that is sponsored by FEMA and other agencies so that anyone can start using it immediately.”

To access the course and its three components, which are the interactive video, the web-based training, and the instructor-led training, visit

Lincoln Park CERT to Offer Three Day Disaster Preparedness Course

LINCOLN PARK, MI — Wayne County residents are invited to register for the free CERT Disaster Preparedness Course. Students enrolled in this course learn disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, and more. The three-day course is designed to provide the basic skills needed in major disaster, which increases the ability people to survive until first responders or other assistance arrives.

The course begins on Friday, June 23, 2017 and runs through Sunday, June 25, 2017. The training will be held at the Community Policing Building, 1394 Cleophus Ave, Lincoln Park (Map). “In the early minutes, hours and possibly days of these disasters, professional emergency responders may not be able to reach all citizens due to the number of emergency situations or road conditions,” said Michael Parr, Coordinator for Lincoln Park CERT.  “Our mission is to train people to respond during disaster situations when professional responders may be overwhelmed by a large number of calls.”

Anyone interested in this course need to be over 18 years old, residents of Wayne County, pass a background check, and apply online by June 15th.  The course registration form is located online at Students whom complete the course receive a Certificate of Completion and may join either Lincoln Park CERT or another city’s CERT program. Additional training on First-Aid, CPR, AED operation will be scheduled following the completion of the training.

Why Disaster Preparedness is Important

Video Scenario

CERT members activate in their neighborhood and set up an Incident Command Post after a fierce storm has struck their community.   They assess damage throughout the area, and assist injured victims at the local community center using the skills they learned in a Disaster Preparedness Training until professional responders are able to arrive.

Unsettled leadership could hurt federal disaster response

More than a dozen major disasters, including winter storms, tornadoes and mudslides, have already hit the U.S. since President Trump took office. Recovery from disasters involves several federal agencies, which raises the question of what future support can be expected from an administration that has made its name promising major changes in federal management?

Last summer, a few thousand acres of forest burned in the foothills above Duarte, a town just northeast of Los Angeles. The charred remains of trees still stand among new vegetation that sprouted after a winter of unusually heavy precipitation.

The fire left loose soil, which, when heavy rainstorms hit in January, became mud that slid down into neighborhoods.

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Heroin Awareness PSA

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Second Annual COPS Care Community Picnic

The Lincoln Park Police Department along with the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Watch Program and with the generous support of the Chapatwala Family McDonald’s will be sponsoring a community picnic for the residents of Lincoln Park!

Sunday, August 21, 2016
12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Youth Center Park
(3525 Dix Highway)

Come by for a hot dog and chips, fun, games and more!

For more information please call (313) 381-1800.

Extended deadline: Summer 2016 Basic Training Course

The deadline for registering in  for our Summer Basic Training course has been extended  until Friday,  July 8, 2016.

If a major earthquake (or any disaster) hits, do you:

  • have enough supplies for a minimum of 72 hours up to an entire month for all family members, including pets
  • know how to turn off the gas?
  • know how to safely turn off the power?
  • know how to apply first aid?
  • have enough water for all of your family and your pets?
  • have provisions for living outside your home for a length of time if the structure is compromised?

It is important to know, if a major disaster occurs, the LPPD, paramedics, police…WILL NOT COME! They will be deployed FIRST to major incidents such as collapsed buildings. That is why you constantly hear…You MUST be prepared to take care of yourself. In the CERT course they say…“The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People.” When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your circumstances without needing aid from outside sources.

CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. You will learn how to prepare for emergencies, what supplies you should NOW have in your house, how much food, how much water but most importantly, how to protect your family in an emergency! The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

Sign-up for the FREE Training

FEMA Urges Businesses to Use FEMA Smartphone App to Prepare for Disasters

Free App Provides Potentially Lifesaving Information Designed to Help Businesses, Employees and Families Before, During, and After Disasters

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to download and use the FEMA smartphone app.  The app is designed to help businesses, employees, and their families prepare for a wide array of natural and man-made disasters, and can help affected Americans recover, should disaster strike. 

 According to a recent survey by Pew Research, 40 percent of Americans have used their smartphone to look up government services or information. Additionally, a majority of smartphone owners use their devices to keep up to date with breaking news, and to be informed about what is happening in their community.

Some key features of the app include:

  • National Weather Service Alerts: The app enables users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. This new feature allows users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.
  • Safety Tips: Tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
  • Preparation Checklist:  Helps users put together emergency kits and develop family communication plans to determine how they will reunite with loved ones in the event of a disaster.
  • Maps of : Users can locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers.
  • Apply for Assistance: The app provides easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish-language content for smartphones that have Spanish set as their default language.

The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.  For more information visit


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Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week…Watch vs. Warning


Advisory: Beware Of Phone Scams – Don’t Be A Victim

The Lincoln Park Police Department wants to provide a few tips on how to avoid being a victim of phone scams. Recently we have had several reports of citizens being contacted by suspected phone scammers. Following these tips can help avoid being a victim.

  1. If you get a call saying you’re a winner – don’t pay any money to collect supposed sweepstakes winnings. Legitimate operations won’t require you to pay to collect your winnings.
  2. Never wire money to anyone with whom you are not familiar with
  3. Never provide anyone with personal information such as bank accounts, pin numbers or Social Security numbers.
  4. Check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls
  5. Never make donations over the phone, no matter how nicely the caller may ask and how tempting the reward.
  6. IRS scams – This is not the IRS scamming you, but rather someone impersonating the IRS. Never give any personal information over the phone to anyone claiming to work for the IRS. This is not an IRS policy to request payment and personal information over the phone. * The IRS already had your information*
  7. If you become a victim please immediately contact the police department.

NOAA launches unprecedented effort to discover how El Niño affects weather

NOAA scientists and partners have embarked on a land, sea, and air campaign in the tropical Pacific to study the current El Niño and gather data in an effort to improve weather forecasts thousands of miles away.

The El Niño Rapid Response Field Campaign will deploy NOAA’s Gulfstream IV research plane and NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft equipped with specialized sensors, and researchers stationed on Kiritimati (Christmas) Island in the Republic of Kiribati, approximately 1,340 miles south of Honolulu. Together, scientists will collect atmospheric data from this vast and remote expanse of the tropical Pacific where El Niño-driven weather systems are spawned.

“The rapid response field campaign will give us an unprecedented look at how the warm ocean is influencing the atmosphere at the heart of this very strong El Niño,” said Craig McLean, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA Research. “This research will help us understand the first link in the chain that produces, among many other weather impacts, extreme precipitation events on the West Coast.”

Scientists on NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown will launch weather balloons up to eight times a day in the eastern tropical Pacific to help study the current El Niño. (Credit: NOAA)

Scientists on NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown will launch weather balloons up to eight times a day in the eastern tropical Pacific to help study the current El Niño. (Credit: NOAA)

Scientists on NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown will launch weather balloons up to eight times a day in the eastern tropical Pacific to help study the current El Niño. (Credit: NOAA)

El Niño is a recurring climate phenomenon, characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, that increases the odds for warm and dry winters across the northern United States and cool, wet winters across the south. El Niño is the warm phase of the ocean cycle known as El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO for short. La Niña is the cool phase. The pattern can shift back and forth every two to seven years, disrupting weather patterns across the globe.

During the two strongest El Niños before this, California has been soaked by intense rainstorms causing flooding, landslides and other property damage. NOAA scientists say this event is among the strongest El Niños on record, comparable to the last major event in 1997-98. How much precipitation this El Niño will deliver to California is a subject of intense interest to a region struggling to manage the effects of an historic drought.

NOAA researchers anticipate that the data gathered by weather balloons and instruments dropped from aircraft will help improve the models that are used to support weather forecasts. The data will also provide insights that researchers hope will improve year-to-year ENSO forecasts, as well as the accuracy of models predicting longer-term effects of climate change.

NASA's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is equipped with sensors to gather weather information over the Pacific as part of the NOAA and partner campaign. (Credit: Gijs de Boer, CIRES)

NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is equipped with sensors to gather weather information over the Pacific as part of the NOAA and partner campaign. (Credit: Gijs de Boer, CIRES)

NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is equipped with sensors to gather weather information over the Pacific as part of the NOAA and partner campaign. (Credit: Gijs de Boer, CIRES)

“This has never been done with a major El Niño,” said Randall Dole, a senior scientist with NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, Colorado. “A field campaign ordinarily takes years to plan and execute. But we recognized what an important opportunity we had and everyone worked hard to pull this mission together.”

Here is a list of NOAA and partner assets deployed to support the El Niño Rapid Response Field Campaign:

  • NOAA’s Gulfstream IV (G-IV) aircraft is flying out of Honolulu International Airport carrying a suite of meteorological sensors on an estimated 20 research flights in the central Pacific from late January to early March. The G-IV will be dropping weather instrumentation and using Doppler radar located in the aircraft’s tail to gather weather data.

  • NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown will launch weather balloons up to eight times a day during the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) survey cruise in the eastern tropical Pacific. The ship will depart Honolulu on Feb. 16 and arrive in port in San Diego on March 18.

  • NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft will carry a suite of meteorological sensors and drop parachuted weather instruments during four research flights in February in the eastern Pacific, near the U.S. West Coast. The Global Hawk is a key asset for the Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) project led by the NOAA Unmanned Aircraft System Program. The aircraft is based at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

  • Twice-a-day weather balloons are being launched from Kiritimati through March.

  • Scanning X-Band Radar has been temporarily installed in the south San Francisco Bay to fill coverage gaps in the existing radar array and provide more accurate rainfall estimates for the region to better manage potential heavy precipitation and associated negative impacts from El Niño storms.

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