April 15 through April 21, 2012: Severe Weather Awareness Week

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, more than 1,000 tornadoes strike the U.S. every year, including an average of 16 in Michigan; 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 might occur in Michigan and the precautions that can be taken to save lives and protect families; we encourage all citizens to learn more about protecting themselves, their families and their homes in the event of severe weather;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 15 through Saturday, April 21, 2012 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.