September 2021: Preparedness Month

WHEREAS, over the last two years, the state of Michigan has experienced instances of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, dam breaches, and a pandemic resulting in disaster and emergency declarations, which has highlighted how emergencies and disasters can strike at any moment, putting residents, property, and infrastructure at risk; and,


WHEREAS, every Michigander should have the opportunity to prepare themselves and their community for emergencies and disasters by taking steps vital to reducing injury and loss of life in hazardous circumstances; and,


WHEREAS, being prepared includes staying informed about potential hazards that could affect communities, developing an emergency plan that includes places to go and who to contact during an emergency, creating a three-day emergency supply kit containing items necessary for survival in the event of an emergency, and learning how individuals can assist until professional help arrives; and,


WHEREAS, businesses can prepare for emergencies and disasters by establishing an emergency preparedness program, creating and implementing an all-hazards emergency plan that is tested, and re-evaluating systems to improve programs prior to an incident; and,


WHEREAS, the Michigan State Police, state and local governments, and emergency management partners are committed to helping residents and communities prepare before an emergency strikes; and,


WHEREAS, during this month and throughout the year, we join with numerous agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to promote the importance of being prepared for all types of hazards;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2021 as Preparedness Month in Michigan.