WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,000 tornadoes strike the U.S., including an average of 16 in the Great Lakes State; 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, the state of Michigan partners with the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, other emergency management officials and the media each year to share the dangers of severe weather that might occur in our state, and the precautions that can be taken to save lives and protect families; and,
WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage all Michiganders to learn more about preventing injury and loss of life and property due to severe weather, and protecting themselves, their families and their homes in the event of a severe weather emergency;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 7 through Saturday, April 13, 2013 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.