EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 2008 - 9

ACTIVATION OF NATIONAL GUARD TO CITIES OF LANSING AND SAGINAW AND TO COUNTIES OF ALLEGAN, EATON, AND MASON

WHEREAS, Section 1 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the state of Michigan in the Governor;

WHEREAS, under Section 12 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Governor is the Commander-in-Chief of the state armed forces and may call them out to execute the laws;

WHEREAS, Section 151 of the Michigan Military Act, 1967 PA 150, MCL 32.551, authorizes the Governor to order to active state service any members of the organized militia for service in aid of civil authority in times of public danger, disaster, crisis, catastrophe, or other public emergency within this state;

WHEREAS, due to recent severe storms that caused significant damage to buildings, trees, electrical power lines, roads, and drains in the cities of Lansing and Saginaw and in the counties of Allegan, Eaton, and Mason, the Governor, by Executive Orders 2008-4, 2008-5, 2008-6, 2008-7, and 2008-8, declared states of emergency in such jurisdictions;

WHEREAS, by Executive Orders 2008-4, 2008-5, 2008-6, 2008-7, and 2008-8, the Governor ordered the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Department of State Police to coordinate and maximize all state efforts that may be activated to state service to assist local government and officials in the cities of Lansing and Saginaw and the counties of Allegan, Eaton, and Mason, and to call upon all state departments to utilize available resources to assist in the emergency area focusing on public health and safety concerns consistent with the Michigan Emergency Management Plan;

WHEREAS, in order to protect and preserve public health and safety, additional assistance appears necessary, including supplementation of local debris removal capabilities in situations where debris poses a direct threat to the public health and safety;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM, Governor of the State of Michigan, by virtue of the power and the authority vested in the Governor by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, order:

1. The Adjutant General is directed to order to active state service, units and individuals of the Michigan National Guard which in his discretion he deems appropriate to meet general mission assignments as determined by the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Department of State Police.

2. The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Department of State Police shall coordinate and maximize all state efforts, including such units and individuals of the Michigan National Guard which may be activated to state service, to assist the cities of Lansing and Saginaw and the counties of Allegan, Eaton, and Mason, and other units of government affected pursuant to the Michigan Emergency Management Plan.

3. The Michigan National Guard is activated until such time as determined by the Adjutant General after consultation with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Department of State Police.   
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 16th day of June in the year of our Lord, Two thousand and eight.

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JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM
GOVERNOR

BY THE GOVERNOR:
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SECRETARY OF STATE