Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Sept. 10, 2017
LANSING, Mich- Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today stressed that Michigan stands with US states and territories in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Michigan first responders have deployed to help local first responders deal with the aftermath of the recent and ongoing hurricanes that are impacting the South. The deployments are the result of requests made for out-of-state support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
“Michiganders stand with our fellow Americans dealing with the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “Safety always needs to be the number one priority during emergencies and we are keeping everyone in the path of the storm in our thoughts. The American people come together during times like this and I’m extremely proud of the way our first responders are answering the call for help and deploying to help with relief efforts.”
Deployments from Michigan include:
“We have maintained daily contact with the affected State Emergency Operations Centers and EMAC Coordinators and will continue to be ready to answer the call for resources,” said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “I am confident our highly trained first responders will provide the utmost support in the response and recovery of this disaster.”
The EMAC is an all hazards/all disciplines mutual aid compact between the states to provide consistent and coordinated response to emergencies and disasters across the nation. The EMHSD is the single point of contact on behalf of the Governor for any EMAC requests.
On Friday, Calley also signed an executive directive waiving hour and fuel restrictions as well as weigh station rules for motor carriers providing assistance to states affected by hurricanes.