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.


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  • Sign up online at Nixle.com or text your ZIP code to 888777.
  • Sign up to receive emergency alerts and advisories from the East Lansing Police Department, Ingham County 911 and other local agencies. East Lansing community members should be sure to sign up for Nixle notifications from both ELPD and Ingham County 911 in order to receive all East Lansing-specific notifications.
  • If you have already signed up for Nixle and live in East Lansing, you should automatically receive ELPD notifications. This can be verified by logging into your Nixle account and checking your settings.


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  • Sign up online at CodeRED
  • Sign up to receive pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages from Ingham County.

MSU Alert

The 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

Emergency Check List

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.

Emergency Alert File

The Emergency Alert File is a magnetic file that can be personalized with medical information. The magnet can then be placed on your refrigerator for EMS and other public safety personnel to easily access in the event of an emergency. The magnetic file and information card can be picked up for free at Prime Time’s office at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. Call (517) 337-1113 for more information. View One Pager Plus: Emergency Check List & Emergency File (PDF).

Request an Emergency Preparedness Presentation

The East Lansing Police Department's Neighborhood Watch officers are available to provide emergency preparedness presentations to their neighborhoods. Neighborhood associations can schedule an emergency preparedness presentation by contacting ELPD Sgt. James Campbell at (517) 319-6897 ext. 6467. View One Pager Plus: Emergency Check List & Emergency File (PDF).

Online Emergency Preparedness Resources

There are a number of helpful resources online that provide community members with the steps that can be taken to be better prepared for emergencies. The City of East Lansing recommends visiting Ready.gov and do1thing.