September 2018: Preparedness Month

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan experienced several instances of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes over the last two years that resulted in a Governor’s disaster declaration, highlighting how emergencies and disasters can strike at any moment that place our residents, property and infrastructure in harm's way; and,

WHEREAS, every Michigander has the opportunity to prepare themselves and their communities for emergencies and disasters by taking the steps vital to reduce injury and loss of life in hazardous circumstances; and,

WHEREAS, being prepared includes staying informed about potential hazards that could affect your community, developing an emergency plan that includes places to go and who to contact during an emergency, creating a three-day emergency supply kit containing items necessary for survival in the event of an emergency, and learning how you can help until help arrives; and,

WHEREAS, businesses can prepare for emergencies and disasters by establishing an emergency preparedness program, creating and implementing an all-hazards emergency plan, testing and exercising that plan, and re-evaluating systems to improve programs prior to an incident; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan State Police, state and local governments and emergency management partners are committed to helping residents and communities prepare before an emergency strikes; and,

WHEREAS, during this month and throughout the year, we join with numerous agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses to promote the importance of being prepared for all types of hazards;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2018 as Preparedness Month in Michigan.