April 10-16, 2016: Severe Weather Awareness Week

WHEREAS, last year, the state of Michigan experienced a tornado in Ionia County and severe thunderstorms in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, resulting in disaster declarations due to widespread and severe damage; and,

WHEREAS, severe weather, in the form of thunderstorms, wind storms, floods, and tornadoes is a threat to the health and safety of all Michigan residents, causing seven injuries in 2015; and,

WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States, including an average of 15 in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, since 1950 1,009 tornadoes have been reported in Michigan, resulting in substantial loss of life and property; and,

WHEREAS, all individuals are encouraged to be aware of the warning signs of severe weather and follow proper safety and emergency procedures; and,

WHEREAS, each year, the Michigan State Police, Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, emergency management officials and news media join together to educate the public about the dangers of tornadoes and other severe weather events and the precautions that can be taken to save lives and protect families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 10-16, 2016 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.