Ice Storm

A storm that generates at least one-half inch of ice or sleet, resulting in hazardous conditions and/or property damage.

  • Because of road conditions, emergency response may be slowed; people who need regular medical care, such as dialysis patients, may not be able to get treatment; and those who depend on in-home assistance may be without regular services.
  • The biggest dangers in ice storms don’t come from the ice itself, but from the effects of the ice on roads and electrical infrastructure.
  • The Lansing Board of Water and Light typically prioritizes restoration by the number of people affected. A power line that will restore power to 1,000 customers is repaired before one that affects 100 customers. Priority is also given to customers with critical needs, such as life support equipment, who have been identified by their physicians to the BWL. Not everyone who depends on power because of a medical condition chooses to participate in this program.


The elderly and people with disabilities or chronic health conditions are more likely to be affected by the cold associated with a winter power failure. People who live below the poverty level are less likely to have the resources to protect themselves, such as a generator, or the ability to go to a hotel.


The State of Michigan, the Ingham County LEPC, and the Lansing Fire Department share responsibility for maintaining records of chemicals store in the community. The Ingham County Health Department creates emergency response plans for the fire department for every site that stores a large amount of an EHS chemical. The plans identify how and where the materials are stored, and what other hazards might be in the facility.