WHEREAS, the State of Michigan experienced a major disaster due to severe flooding throughout the Upper and Lower Peninsulas in the spring of this year, highlighting that emergencies and disasters can strike at any moment, putting our residents and property in harm's way; and,
WHEREAS, every Michigan citizen has the opportunity to prepare themselves and their communities for emergencies and disasters by taking steps vital to reducing injury and loss of life in hazardous circumstances; and,
WHEREAS, being prepared includes staying informed about potential hazards that could affect the community, developing an emergency plan that includes places to go and who to contact during an emergency, and creating an emergency supply kit containing items that will help individuals and their families survive for at least three days in the event of an emergency; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan State Police, state and local governments, and emergency management partners, including the Michigan Citizen Corps Program, are committed to helping citizens 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 to individuals, families, and communities in Michigan;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2013 as Preparedness Month in Michigan.