Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, last year, the state of Michigan experienced severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, and flooding in Allegan, Arenac, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Clare, Eaton, Gogebic, Houghton, Ingham, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Menominee, Newaygo, Mecosta, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Ottawa, and St. Joseph 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, causing three fatalities in 2018; and,
WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States, including an average of 15 in Michigan; and,
WHEREAS, since 1950, 1,049 tornadoes have been reported in the state of 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, 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, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 24-30, 2019, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.