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State Police encourage Michiganders to prepare before severe weather strikes this spring and summer; Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 6-12

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, (517) 336-6464
Agency: State Police

LANSING. With Gov. Rick Snyder proclaiming April 6-12 as Severe Weather Awareness Week, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to prepare before severe weather strikes this spring and summer.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time of year to learn what to do before, during and after severe weather hazards,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “That includes flooding, thunderstorms and tornados. By taking the initiative and preparing today, you and your family will be ready when an emergency or disaster happens.”

Spring and summer frequently bring fast-changing weather conditions that increase the potential for severe weather. Steps can be taken to prepare before severe weather strikes to minimize damage and ensure safe evacuation or shelter, such as understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency supply kit, making an emergency plan and creating an emergency contact list

In 2013, there were two deaths and two injuries in Michigan due to severe weather. Flooding, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes were responsible for $277 million in damages.

To recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week and the winners of this year’s Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest, the MSP/EMHSD will be holding a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the glass floor rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol building. More than 200 poster entries were received from fourth and fifth graders statewide.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is sponsored by the MSP/EMHSD and Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (MCSWA). The MCSWA was formed in 1991 to encourage Michigan residents to be prepared in the event of severe weather. To learn more about the committee, go to www.mcswa.com.

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to www.michigan.gov/beprepared or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.




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