INTERSTATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT AND CALLING TO ACTIVE DUTY ELEMENTS OF THE MICHIGAN NATIONAL GUARD
WHEREAS, Section 1 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the State of Michigan in the Governor;
WHEREAS, under Section 12 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Governor is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of this state;
WHEREAS, under Section 151 of the Michigan Military Act, 1967 PA 150, MCL 32.551, the Governor may order to active state service any members of the Michigan National Guard in case of tumult, breach of the peace, resistance of process, or for service in aid of civil authority, whether state or federal, or in time of public danger, disaster, crisis, catastrophe or other public emergency within this state;
WHEREAS, under Section 159 of the Michigan Military Act, 1967 PA 150, MCL 32.559, the Governor may enter into an agreement with the governors of 1 or more other states authorizing the military forces of this state, in time of invasion, rebellion, public disaster, or catastrophe to be employed within the area of the other states for mutual assistance in the public interest;
WHEREAS, by enacting Public Act 247 of 2001, MCL 3.991 to 3.994, and Public Act 248 of 2001, MCL 3.1001 to 3.1004, the State of Michigan entered into the Interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact (“Compact”) with all other jurisdictions legally joining into the Compact;
WHEREAS, the purpose of the Compact is to provide for mutual assistance between the states entering into the Compact in managing any emergency or disaster that is duly declared by the governor of an affected state whether arising from natural disaster, technological hazard, man-made disaster, civil emergency aspects of resource shortages, community disorders, insurgency, or enemy attack;
WHEREAS, Hurricane Katrina has devastated portions of the States of Louisiana and Mississippi causing dangerous and life-threatening conditions and the destruction of property within those states requiring assistance with rescue and recovery operations for persons in the affected areas, security for persons and property, and with other aid to the damaged and destroyed areas;
WHEREAS, the governors of the States of Louisiana and Mississippi have declared states of emergency in their states due to the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina and have requested the assistance of the State of Michigan pursuant to the Compact;
WHEREAS, personnel and resources of the Michigan National Guard are required and critical to response under the Compact;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM, Governor of the State of Michigan, by virtue of the power and authority vested in the Governor by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, order the following:
1. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is authorized to utilize resources of the state military establishment to provide assistance to the States of Louisiana and Mississippi as provided under the Compact.
2. Other state departments and agencies shall assist the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in responding to this situation as needed.
3. Those elements of the Michigan National Guard the Adjutant General deems necessary to assist in responding to the States of Louisiana and Mississippi by providing rescue, relief, and other response activities under the Compact are called to active state service.
This Order is effective upon filing.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 1st day of September in the year of our Lord, two thousand and five.
JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM
BY THE GOVERNOR:
SECRETARY OF STATE