WHEREAS, a series of severe storms moved through central and southern lower Michigan between June 6, 2008 and June 8, 2008, causing significant damage to buildings, trees, electrical power lines, roads, and drains;
WHEREAS, the city of Saginaw suffered widespread and severe damage from this storm including damage to over 16 residences and two commercial buildings;
WHEREAS, 500 blocks and approximately 600 sites within the city of Saginaw including streets, alleys, and sidewalks have been blocked by as many as 1000 fallen trees and other storm debris resulting in greatly impeded emergency access;
WHEREAS, remaining storm debris within the city of Saginaw poses a significant threat to public health and safety;
WHEREAS, the county of Saginaw has declared a local state of emergency for the city of Saginaw and has activated the disaster response and recovery aspects of their emergency operations plan to the fullest extent possible to cope with the situation;
WHEREAS, the county of Saginaw has determined that local resources are insufficient to address the situation and has requested state assistance;
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, including the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, MCL 30.401 to 30.421, order the following:
1. A State of Emergency is declared in the city of Saginaw in Saginaw County.
2. The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Department of State Police shall coordinate and maximize all state efforts that may be activated to state service to assist local government and officials in the city of Saginaw, Saginaw County, and may 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.
3. The State of Emergency is terminated at such time as emergency conditions no longer exist and appropriate programs have been implemented to recover from the effects of the emergency conditions but in no case later than July 10, 2008.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 13th day of June in the year of our Lord, Two thousand and eight.
JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM
BY THE GOVERNOR:
SECRETARY OF STATE