March 27 through April 2: Severe Weather Awareness Week

Date:  March 27, 2011  -  April 02, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, thunderstorms, windstorms, floods and tornadoes are all forms of severe weather, and each pose a threat to the safety and well-being of Michigan citizens; and,

WHEREAS, 23 injuries and one death occurred in Michigan as a result of severe weather in 2010; and,

WHEREAS, according to the National Weather Service, Michigan experienced above average levels for severe weather in 2010, incurring $360 million in damages as a result of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes and $7 million in damages as a result of floods; and,

WHEREAS, though most tornadoes occur between May and August, tornadoes can occur at any time of the day or night during almost any month, validating the importance of preparedness in severe weather conditions; and,

WHEREAS, each year, the state of Michigan partners with the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, other emergency management officials and the media to share the dangers of severe weather that may occur in Michigan and the precautions that can be taken to save lives and protect families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 27 through April 2 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.