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.


  • 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.

MSU Alert

The Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety 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 sector officers are available to provide emergency preparedness presentations to their neighborhoods. Neighborhood associations can schedule an emergency preparedness presentation by contacting Capt. Chad Pride at (517) 319-6948. 

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, do1thing and https://www.michigan.gov/miready.