Be Prepared
The worst thing about any serious emergency is that it often catches people off guard. The best way to stay safe in an emergency is to know what to do ahead of time. This requires advance planning. Here are five steps you can take now to prepare for any emergency.

  1. Keep this site bookmarked and get a copy of the Emergency Planning Calendar, available from either of the two sources listed below.
  2. Keep your important papers, checkbook, credit cards, bank books, extra keys, a first-aid kit, and other essential items — such as a portable radio, flashlight, and extra batteries — together in a safe place. Then you can find them quickly in an emergency. We also have a list for other essential items you may need.
  3. Make a list of personal instructions and supplies you and family members or fellow workers may need in case you have to leave quickly.
  4. Keep your car or vehicle in good running order. Fill your gas tank whenever it gets below half. If you don’t have a car or know someone close by who will drive you in an emergency, please obtain a Special Needs card from either the Cook Energy Information Center or The Berrien County Emergency Management Office (see addresses below). Mail it right away. You don't need a stamp.
  5. If you know someone who has Special Needs — vision or hearing impaired, handicapped — make sure they get a Special Needs card. You should help them fill out the card and mail it. Also, if you know someone with impaired vision or who does not read well, please read this page to them.

If you have questions or comments about anything in this part of the site, need more information about emergency planning, or want copies of the Emergency Planning Calendar, call or write either of the offices below.

Cook Energy Information Center
One Cook Place
Bridgman, Michigan 49106
1-800-548-2555

Berrien County Emergency Management
Division of Berrien County Sheriffs Office
919 Port Street
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
(269) 983-7141 Ext. 7215

This Emergency Information was prepared by American Electric Power in cooperation with the Berrien County Emergency Management Office and the Emergency Management Division of the Michigan Department of State Police.