For Families

This site will help you to develop an emergency plan, provide information on how to assemble an Emergency Supply Kit, and provide contact telephone numbers and websites which can assist you during an emergency.

Emergencies can happen at any time. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before an emergency occurs.

How do you get notified?

Sign up for Midland County 911's emergency alerts at Midland County 911.

Do you have an emergency plan and kit?

Chemical Emergency Events will only affect a limited area.

Listen to local radio or television stations for detailed information and instructions. Follow the instructions carefully. You should stay away from the area to minimize the risk of contamination. Remember that some toxic chemicals are odorless.

The following websites have guidelines, checklists and information how to prepare an emergency kit and develop a family emergency plan.

Household Chemical Emergencies

Nearly every household uses products containing hazardous materials or chemicals. Although the risk of a chemical accident is slight, knowing how to handle these products and how to react during an emergency can reduce the risk of injury.

Midland County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program is there to provide residents the opportunity to get unwanted household chemical out of the house before there's a fire, a poisoning or a toxic exposure.

Household Collection information:

Chemicals can endanger people and the environment if disposed in the trash.

What does it mean to be Hazardous?

A product is considered hazardous if it has one or more of the following properties:

  • Toxic – poisonous or lethal when ingested, touched or inhaled;

  • Flammable – ignitable and burns easily;

  • Corrosive – eats through materials & living tissue; or

  • Reactive – can possibly explode or react with other chemicals.

Why take your items to the household hazardous waste program?
  • Most landfills are not equipped to handle hazardous materials;

  • Chemicals thrown in regular trash can cause fires endangering sanitation workers; and

  • Oil, gas and other chemicals will cause pollution when dumped down the drain.

What happens to the materials we collect?

We store hazardous products in drums in these divided sheds build specifically for hazardous materials. Each section safely stores corrosive products, poisons and flammable liquids. A fire suppression system is installed in each container in case a spark or chemical reaction causes a fire. We hold materials until our contractor picks up the material which will then be recycled if possible or safely disposed of in facilities specially designed for hazardous waste.