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.

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 and Starting Recovery

After a Disaster (

American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers

Coping After Disaster, Trauma (American Psychiatric Asssociation)

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

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - to help provide relaxation, or at least, hopefully, a distraction 

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

Kalamazoo Hope's Directory has a Leisure and Socializing document which offers various options for fun and taking one's mind off difficulties, allowing one a chance to relieve stress.  Kalamazoo Hope's YouTube channel also has a collection of material for similar purposes.

Recovering emotionally from disaster (American Psychological Association)

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


City of Portage Emergency Management

Give Blood (American Red Cross)

How to Prepare for Emergencies (American Red Cross)

Kalamazoo County Emergency Health Preparedness Program

Kalamazoo County Office of Emergency Management

Mental Health First Aid  - classes are available locally.

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

Michigan National Guard - provides assistance during state emergencies.

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

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

Western Michigan University Emergency Procedures

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)