Emergency Management


Kalkaska County Emergency Management Office

Douglas Pratt - Emergency Manager 
dpratt@kalso.org     231-384-1362

Mike Thompson - Deputy Emergency Manager
mthompson@kalso.org    231-258-9403

(231) 258-3319 ext:2229 (voice)
(231) 258-3375 (fax)

(231) 384-1362 (cell)

Email: mthompson@kalso.org

Part of the responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Management to the citizens and visitors of Kalkaska County is to mitigate, or make less severe, the effects of a natural or manmade disaster or event that might occur in our county.

The Emergency Management Department, staffed by the County Emergency Management Coordinator, works to identify potential hazards which might affect the county, and plan how to prevent, prepare, respond, recover and mitigate those hazards. The information developed during the planning phase is used to create plans and procedures to be used to prepare for and recover from the disaster. These plans are tested, critiqued, and retested, all with the goal of saving lives and reducing property damage in the county. Kalkaska County, as a member of Region 7 of Michigan’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department, a division of the Michigan State Police, stays in constant communication with the other 16 counties and 3 tribal units within the region, working as a team to assist each other in developing the plans, and providing the training and equipment to keep our counties prepared for the potential disastrous hazard or event.

Being prepared for any emergency is as simple as planning ahead. This begins with thinking about your daily activities, the people you care for or who rely on you, and how a disaster would change the way you get things done. Use the information available in the various sites listed below to learn how to plan for your own safety and needs, along with those of your family and pets, neighbors and relatives.

If you would like more detailed information or would like to schedule a presentation or guest speaker on various disaster related subjects, please contact the Emergency Management Department.



The most important thing citizens can do is to prepare themselves and their families to withstand the effects of disasters. There are several things you can do to ensure your family is prepared. First, you should have a plan. This plan should include items such as where to meet, how to contact family members, and how to let someone know you are safe. Additionally, you should have a supply kit, which includes basic items such as cash, food, water, flashlight, radio, batteries, prescription drugs etc. Your kit should contain enough items to be sufficient for a minimum of three days. For more information on what should be included in your plan or how to build your 72-hour supply kit, you can refer to these links:



When inclement weather is indicated, refer to the National Weather Service in Gaylord for current, local information to assist in your preparedness:


Emergency Management