Township Leaders Complete FEMA Emergency Management Training

Township Leaders Complete FEMA Emergency Management Training

Township Leaders Complete FEMA Emergency Management Training
Posted on 08/26/2021
Township Leaders Complete FEMA Emergency Management TrainingNorthville Township Directors attended summer school to better prepare for major emergencies and disasters of all types.
 
All nine department heads, from Finance to Public Services, successfully passed the Fundamentals of Emergency Management course through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
 
That puts Northville Township in rare company, points out Township Manager and Public Safety Director Todd Mutchler. “We have informally researched this and we have not heard of any other community that has had all of their directors take this FEMA course to help prepare for an emergency,” Mutchler said.

The goal of the course is to prepare them for incident management and support activities for any natural, technical or human-related hazard or emergency. They are now capable of planning, managing and coordinating resources for an efficient, effective response. They also understand how FEMA operates and how it fits in with assisting Northville Township residents.
 
The need for this training is there. Since 1997, there have been six presidential and seven governor major disaster declarations for Wayne County. The State has had 857 tornadoes since 1950 and 27 have occurred in Wayne County. After this summer’s multiple storms that left many with damaged homes, downed trees and no power, it was top of mind for all.
 
“We want to be prepared because it’s our mission to deliver excellent public service and Northville Township has some areas of risk, including the railroad tracks that go through our community,” Mutchler said.
 
Mutchler is working with Wayne County’s Homeland Security & Emergency Management to set up some additional “tabletop” training exercises for Northville Township to further bolster emergency management knowledge.