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GET READY! Kent County

Twelve Month Citizen Preparedness Program

Stay Informed –
Hazard Awareness
Life Without Power
Sheltering vs.
Family Contacts &
Medical Information
Create a Plan
Special Needs –
Children, Seniors,
Disabled, Pets, etc.
Saving Personal
Items –
Documents, etc.
Recovering After

Food and Water
Supplies Kit
First Aid Kits
First Aid /
CPR Training

What Is The Get Ready! Kent County Program?

The GET READY! Kent County twelve month citizen preparedness program focuses on a different area of emergency preparedness each month. Fact sheets will be available for each topic listed on twelve month calendar. These fact sheets provide a range of preparedness options and action steps.

Why Is Citizen Emergency Preparedness Important?

Disasters happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes it is easier to cope when you are prepared. Being prepared for the potential emergencies in Western Michigan means addressing all of the steps noted in the twelve month preparedness calendar. Acting on one step each month is an easy way to accomplish this goal.

Where Do I Get The Get Ready! Kent County Fact Sheets?

GET READY! Kent County Fact Sheets are available at the following locations:

The Fact Sheet Topic of the Month Will Also be Available at:

  • Kent County Sheriff Dept. – lobby
    701 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids -- lobby
    1050 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids

What Do I Do With The Fact Sheet Information?

Read the Fact Sheet presented that month. There will be an explanation and suggestions on steps to prepare for that area of preparedness. Act on the suggestions in a manner that fits your time, your family, and your budget.

View One Family's Experience

Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, this video demonstrates the steps individuals and families can take to prepare for a disaster.

ASL Videos

Emergency preparedness topics in American Sign Language:

Shelter in Place and Evacuation
Preparing For an Influenza Pandemic
Creating an Emergency Supplies Kit

Who Do I Contact For More Information?

Kent County Emergency Management – (616) 632-6258

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids – (616) 456-8661

Kent County Health Department – (616) 632-7168

Contact Us

Sheriff Department


701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-6100

(616) 632-6122

Lawrence A. Stelma

Lawrence A. Stelma

Michelle Young
Under Sheriff

Kevin Kelley
Chief Deputy-Law Enforcement

Chuck Dewitt
Chief Deputy-Corrections

Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6400

Inmate Information
(616) 632-6300

Employee Recognition

Nominate a Kent County Employee for Quality Service!