City of Detroit Assists Residents and Businesses During Historic Power Outage

Multiple City departments responded to the massive power outage that affected 108,000 Detroit households and businesses by opening and staffing shelters, removing trees and providing updates to residents.
The information below represents the City’s response over the last week.

Total DTE Customers Affected by Power Outages in Detroit: 108,000


A total of 336 individuals -- 292 adults and 44 children – were serviced at the four shelters at Crowell, Farwell, Patton and Young recreation centers.  Police and EMS also were present at the shelters around-the-clock.

Parks & Recreation Department

  • Opened and staffed the four shelters in conjunction with the American Red Cross
  • A total of 12 employees staffed the centers 24 hours from March 9 through March 13

Department of Neighborhoods

  • Distributed information on shelters and periodic updates to block clubs, neighborhood groups and organizations in each district
  • District Managers provided staff and volunteer support at the shelters
  • District Managers provided additional food for residents at the shelters

Detroit Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

  • Partially activated Emergency Operation Center
  • Coordinated efforts between Parks & Recreation, Department of Neighborhoods, Police, Fire, General Services and Public Works
  • Provided periodic updates to Detroit residents

 General Services Department

  • Removed 274 downed trees
  • More than 50 employees mobilized to remove trees, provide generators and clean warming centers

Department of Public Works

  • Crews reset 150 traffic signals once power was restored
  • Assisted General Services Department by removing 89 tons of tree limbs

Department of Innovation and Technology

  • Established hotline to provide updates in three languages for residents

Detroit Health Department Launches Lead Safe Detroit Website

The City of Detroit Health Department has launched a new website to help educate residents on how to prevent lead exposure and its consequences and know what steps the City has taken to protect residents. The new Lead Safe Detroit website serves as a one-stop shop for all of the city’s lead-related activities, and can be found at www.detroitmi.gov/leadsafe.

Since 2009, the cases of elevated blood levels in children under the age of six in Detroit has gone down by about 50 percent.  Lead Safe Detroit details the many ways the city of Detroit is helping to further reduce residents’ exposure to lead and the services it provides to make sure Detroiters, especially young children, are safe.

“Detroit has made great progress in reducing instances of elevated blood lead levels,” said Executive Director and Health Officer Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.  “I’m a mother of three children.  Even if one child is at risk, it is one too many. We must do everything we can to protect them and provide the right education and resources.”

For more information visit City of Detroit News

New "Detroit at Work" Program Offers Career Paths for 100 Detroiters in High-Demand Transportation and Logistics Field

Up to 100 Detroiters will have the opportunity to receive Commercial Driver’s License training and step directly into a job interview, thanks to a new partnership under Detroit’s new “Detroit At Work” initiative.

Mayor Mike Duggan launched www.DetroitAtWork.com last month during his State of the City Address as a single point of entry for Detroit residents to access available jobs and training that could result in immediate job placement.   Detroit at Work aims to provide job and training opportunities for Detroiters across a wide range of growing sectors including construction, healthcare, manufacturing, and IT.  Since the website went live February 21st , more than 14,000 people have visited and nearly 600 Detroit residents already have registered for upcoming opportunities.

Registration is now underway for a new Truck Driver Training Program, which is being run in partnership with city workforce agency Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) and will be held at Wayne County Community College District’s eastern campus.  The training is being paid for through a combination of federal job training funds and compliance fees collected by the city through its enforcement of hiring requirements on projects like the Little Caesar’s Arena construction.

For more information visit City of Detroit News

What’s Coming Up?

Detroit City Council To Host Citywide Community Meeting March 21

Detroit residents may share their concerns and discuss any community-related issues at the City Council community meeting on Tuesday, March 21. The meeting is from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District – Downtown Campus, 1001 West Fort Street.

Citizens and community organizations have the opportunity to identify specific concerns, addresses of problem locations, or other community-related issues and may request discussions or public hearings on issues related to their neighborhoods. Requests for discussions before or presentations to the City Council should be made to the Legislative Policy Division (LPD) staff at (313) 224-4946.

Representatives of City departments will attend and address concerns and explain departmental plans and policies.

Interpreters for hearing-impaired residents also will be present if requested at least 48 hours in advance. To make a request, please call LPD staff at (313) 224-4946.

Detroit Parks and Recreation Department Will Host A Job Fair For Those Who Have An Interest in Parks and Recreation

The City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department will host a job fair on Tuesday, March 28 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Wednesday, April 5 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Northwest Activities Center at 18100 Meyers Road.

Available positions include locker room facility attendants, lifeguards, play leaders, building attendants and public service attendants. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age.

Proper attire is required. No blue jeans, sweats/sweat suits, t-shirts or gym shoes will be allowed. Please bring an updated resume for on-site interviews.

For more information, call (313) 224-1100

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