The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are encouraging Michiganders to prepare for emergencies that may happen while on vacation.

Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, says "summer is the time of year when families and individuals typically take extended vacations and road trips. Whether traveling across the state or across the nation, you should prepare in advance for all types of emergencies or disasters that could impact your vacation destination. A little planning could be a lifesaver if a disaster strikes while away from home."

To prepare for an emergency or disaster while on vacation, the MSP/EMHSD says:

  • Know all weather-related emergencies and disasters that are common to your vacation destination.
  • Monitor the weather forecast along highway routes. Delay the trip if severe weather is possible.
  • Know safe shelter locations and evacuation routes at campground, hotels or resorts. Pack a travel size emergency preparedness kit that includes water, snacks, first aid kit, and hand crank flashlight and radio.
  • Have someone check on or take care of your pets in case severe weather strikes while you are away.
  • Always keep your vehicle's fuel tank above half full. Power outages or severe weather could keep you from refueling.
  • Have a map and familiarize yourself with the area of destination. Do not rely on cell phones or computers as your only navigation source.

To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit the MSP/EMHSD at www.michigan.gov/beprepared.