WHEREAS, last year, the state of Michigan experienced severe thunderstorms and flooding in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties, resulting in a disaster declaration 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, having caused five fatalities in 2017; and,
WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States, including an average of 15 in Michigan; and,
WHEREAS, since 1950, 1,034 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 8-14, 2018 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.