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Environmental Emergency Contacts

If you need to report an environmental emergency situation, please dial the 24-hour Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) -

1-800-292-4706 in the USA or Canada

During normal state office hours, you may also contact the appropriate
 district office directly.

Spill Release Reporting

Emergency Response Policy (summary):


The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) supports the appropriate participation of its employees in emergency response activities for the purpose of protecting public health and the environment. In general, DEQ employees do not serve as "first responder" personnel. Rather, DEQ staff serve as technical consultants to, and coordinate their activity with, an on-scene incident commander, usually the local fire chief and/or a responsible party. Staff may serve as technical consultants either at the site of the emergency or by telephone or other means of communication. DEQ staff may also employ an environmental response contractor to perform certain emergency response functions.  DEQ staff may perform limited support activities in the field, but only in those areas and situations where Level-D personal protective equipment is adequate.


Exception: Properly trained and equipped staff of the Resource Management
Division  may perform first responder, operations level actions at emergencies involving radioactive materials.


Emergency Management Coordinator


The Director appoints an Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) to serve as the Department representative to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management Division. Currently the EMC serves as the  representative for both the DEQ and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and acts for and at the direction of those directors while functioning in this capacity.  The EMC is engaged in all emergency management planning activities, and in bigger environmental incidents, and in those events where the State Emergency Operations Center is activated in response to a large-scale emergencies or disaster situations. The Emergency Management Coordinators is:  Mr. Gary Hagler, Law Enforcement Division Chief, tel: (517) 335-7296..


Emergency Management Support Team


A committee comprised of representatives from each division is responsible for coordinating emergency response planning and to serve in a departmental emergency coordination center if requested by the Emergency Management Coordinator. Each division representative is responsible for coordinating the development of their respective division emergency response plan.


Emergency Management Resource Links:


Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, Michigan State Police - The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) is the lead state agency for responding to all hazard emergency and disaster incidents. The EMHSD is responsible for maintaining and implementing the Michigan Emergency Management Plan. The site has links to all local emergency management programs and information regarding Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).


Michigan SARA Title III Program - Office of Environmental Assistance, DEQ - Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act ("SARA Title III") is also known as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). EPCRA established requirements for state and local planning and response to hazardous materials incidents, and requirements for industry to annually report their use of toxic chemicals and their inventory of hazardous materials.


Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA - is an independent agency of the federal government, reporting to the President. Since its founding in 1979, FEMA's mission has been clear:  to reduce loss of life and property and protect our nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


National Response Center - The National Response Center (NRC) is the sole notification mechanism for oil spills and other incidents involving hazardous materials at the federal level. All spills of hazardous materials above reportable quantities must be reported to the NRC.  The NRC hotline phone number is: 1-800-424-8802.  Upon receipt of environmental incident notifications the NRC relays the information to all appropriate parties at the federal and state levels, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United States Coast Guard (USCG) and DEQ (for incidents in Michigan).


National Response Team - The National Response Team is the primary national contingency planning, policy, and coordination organization for oil and hazardous substances emergency response. The NRT home page has links to over 100 other national, regional and state response agencies and organizations.


National Weather Service - Interactive Weather Information Network (IWIN).  This site lists all the areas across the country that are currently under watch or warning for thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flash flooding, and other climatic episodes


U.S. Coast Guard (Ninth District) - The U.S. Coast Guard (Ninth District - Cleveland) is the Federal On-scene Coordinator for all environmental emergencies along the shores, or on the waters, of the Great Lakes.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 5) - The U.S. EPA serves as the Federal On-scene Coordinator for all inland environmental emergencies in the Great Lakes region.