April 16-22, 2017: Severe Weather Awareness Week

WHEREAS, last year, the state of Michigan experienced a tornado in Gogebic County and severe thunderstorms in Marquette County, resulting in disaster declarations 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 two fatalities in 2016; and,

WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States, including an average of 15 in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, since 1950, 1,025 tornadoes have been reported in 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, Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, 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, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 16-22, 2017 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.