November 3-9, 2013: Winter Hazards Awareness Week

WHEREAS, each year, Michigan residents encounter winter hazards including icy roads, frostbite and over-exertion from snow removal; citizens may become injured or suffer property damage as a direct result of winter storms that bring extreme cold, wind, heavy ice and large amounts of snow; and,

WHEREAS, severe winter weather requires drivers to take extra precautions to ensure traveling safety; Michigan drivers should weatherize their vehicles in late fall, which includes checking the tire treads, topping off the windshield washing solution, ensuring a proper mix of anti-freeze and water in the cooling system and having an automotive professional check the belts, hoses, tires, battery and coolant; and,

WHEREAS, residents may also prepare for severe winter weather by organizing a home emergency kit, which includes a battery-powered flashlight, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, a portable radio, bottled water (at least three gallons per person) and extra canned or dried food; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we join with the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness to encourage residents throughout Michigan to learn more about winter safety and the importance of preparedness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, November 3 through Saturday, November 9, 2013 as Winter Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan.