A crisis can occur which may have a significant psychological impact on the Kalamazoo County area as a whole; the Community page is meant to provide help at such moments. This material is offered as an aid through such difficult times (as well as prepare for them), in conjunction with Kalamazoo Hope's other resources, should they be needed.  

If one is experiencing extreme distress, please use one of the helplines or text services on the Immediate Help page, contact 911, or visit a local medical center.


During an overwhelming time, the drive to feel safe, contribute, or get away from the matter can be overwhelming, and make one feel trapped; in addition, one may feel guilty for not doing more.  Something important to keep in mind is that taking a break from such and focusing on one's self is all right, and neceessary to maintain one's own health.  

In addition to providing needed and necessary self-care, the calming effects of taking a break allow one to compose themself, recharge, and gain some distance, and return better focused to the situation, allowing one to help others better. 

Guinness Book of World Records

Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center

Kalamazoo Public Library

Working Out to Relieve Stress (American Heart Association) 

Also, Kalamazoo Hope's Directory has a Leisure and Socializing document which offers various options for fun and taking one's mind off difficulties and reduce stress.

About Psychological Conditions and Violence

Often, psychological conditions are immediately presumed to be the reason that individuals engage in harmful activity, even if no evidence is present to indicate such; it is important to note that having a psychological condition and violence are not synonymous.

Mental Health Myths and Facts ( - Myth #3

Mental Illness and Violence (Harvard Medical School)

Words Matter: Reporting on Mental Health Conditions (American Psychiatric Association)

Alerts and Notification Systems

Citizen Alerts Information & Announcements (Michigan)

Emergency Alert System (AES)

Emergency Alerts (

Portage Alert

Tornado and Severe Weather (Western Michigan University)

Coping Psychologically (please also see the Relaxation section)

After a Disaster (

Coping After Disaster, Trauma (American Psychiatric Asssociation)

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event (Centers for Disease Control)

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Recovering emotionally from disaster (American Psychological Association)

Involvement, Skills, Training

American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers

Give Blood (American Red Cross)

Gryphon Place Sucide Prevention & Crisis Support

Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) - provides various certifications in medical skills in addition to its degree programs.

Michigan Election and Voting Information

Mental Health First Aid  - classes are available locally.

Michigan National Guard - provides assistance during state emergencies.

Take a Class (American Red Cross) - a listing of various courses available to learn such skills as first aid and CPR.

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo Certifications

Organizations and Services

City of Portage Emergency Management

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Kalamazoo County Office of Emergency Management

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Division of Emergency Response

Western Michigan University Emergency Procedures


How to Prepare for Emergencies (American Red Cross)

Kalamazoo County Emergency Health Preparedness Program

Prepare My Family for a Disaster (Department of Homeland Security)


Federal EmergencyManagement Agency (FEMA)

Temporary Emergency Housing for Displaced Individuals Affected by a Natural Disaster (MSHDA)