Emergency Alerts & Preparedness
The City of East Lansing encourages community members to be prepared in the event of an emergency, such as a natural disaster or an act of violence. Residents can sign up for emergency alerts and advisories from area law enforcement agencies, while also garnering important knowledge from helpful online resources.
MSU AlertThe Michigan State University Police Department is responsible for developing and distributing timely warning and emergency notification messages. These messages are intended to warn the community about certain crimes and potentially dangerous situations on or near campus. You do not have to be a student or faculty/staff member to sign up, you can sign up as a guest at alert.msu.edu.
During an emergency situation, such as power outages or evacuations, the East Lansing Police Department will prioritize calling or checking in on residents who are on the Emergency Check List. Individuals who are homebound, isolated, disabled or have a chronic illness might find this service particularly helpful. Contact the Prime Time Seniors Program (Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at (517) 337-1113 if you are interested in having your name put on the list. The list is updated quarterly.
The East Lansing Police Department's Sector officers are available to provide emergency preparedness presentations to their neighborhoods. Neighborhood associations can schedule an emergency preparedness presentation by contacting Lt. Chad Pride at (517) 319-6948.
- Sign up online or text your zip code to 888777 to receive emergency alerts and public safety advisories from the City of East Lansing.
- If you don't live in East Lansing, but would still like to receive East Lansing public safety notifications, text EASTLANSING to 888777.
- Sign up online to receive Capital Area Ingham County Alerts from participating jurisdictions in Ingham County.