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Being prepared for emergencies can make the difference between life and death. That's why we have declared March 12-18th as "Emergency Response Week" in Wayne Township.

Throughout the week, we will be sharing information and resources, hosting and promoting safety events, and helping to get your family, workplace, or school ready for whatever situation arises.


We encourage you to use this week to check smoke alarms, hold fire, storm, and active assailant drills, gather what you need for an emergency kit, and attend some of the free trainings being offered.


See below for additional information and resources.

Sunday, March 12 – Test Your Smoke Alarms.

It's the start of Daylight Savings Time so that means not only is it time to change your clocks, but it’s a great time to test all the smoke alarms in your home!

VIDEO: Home Smoke Alarm Testing and Maintenance 

VIDEO: How to Test and Install a Smoke Alarm 


Monday, March 13 –  Attend Free Emergency Response Training.

Join the Wayne Township Fire Department and the American Red Cross for Emergency Response trainings at UAW Local 933, located at 2320 S Tibbs Avenue. There will be two FREE sessions.


The first will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the second will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday. Click here to sign up for one of these FREE sessions for CPR, “Stop the Bleed,” defibrillator training, and Red Cross emergency planning.

VIDEO: CPR Training

VIDEO: AED Training Video

Tuesday, March 14 –  Giveaway Day.

Drive thru the Wayne Township Government Center, located at 5401 West Washington Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to pick up free smoke alarms, gun locks and to have your vehicle checked for carbon monoxide leaks. First come first, first served – so don’t miss out!


***Statewide Tornado Drill at 10:15 am Eastern***

Between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 15, the National Weather Service (NWS) will issue a test tornado warning alert, which will be shared through most notification systems, including the statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS). Wherever you are at the time, practice your tornado safety plan. There will be no follow-up alerts issued by the NWS to mark the end of the statewide tornado drill. It ends when your business, school or family feels that you have adequately practiced your safety procedures.

Wednesday, March 15 – Severe Weather Readiness Day.

Following Tuesday’s statewide tornado drill, on Wednesday make sure you and your family are ready for severe weather. Hold tornado and severe weather drills, practice sheltering in place and join the National Weather Service for its Skywarn Spotter Training at 6:00 p.m. at the Drexel Gardens Christian Church. Register here.


Severe Weather Preparedness Information


Thursday, March 16 – Fire Safety Day.

On Thursday we encourage you to test your fire alarms, locate and update your fire extinguisher, hold fire drills and practice your fire escape plan at home and at work!

VIDEO: Exit Drills in the Home (EDITH)

VIDEO: Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

Friday March 17 – Staying Safe in Public Day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! From avoiding impaired drivers, to knowing what to do in the event of a shooting, learn about what you can do to stay safe no matter where you are.

Active Shooter Safety Resources from the FBI 

Dept. of Homeland Security: ACTIVE SHOOTER HOW TO RESPOND

7 Expert Tips to Defend Yourself from the Dangers of Drunk Drivers 

FEMA: Before, During and After: Staying Safe in Public Spaces

VIDEO Ready: Whenever. Wherever


Saturday March 18 – Prepping Your Family & Pets.

What do you need in your emergency kit and go bag to to keep your family and pets safe? From medicines, to documents to food and water, learn what it takes to be prepared.


Build an Emergency Kit

Survival Kit Supplies

Backing a Go Bag & a Stay Bag

Assemble an Emergency Kit for Your Pet

Pet Disaster Kit

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