April 12-18, 2015: Severe Weather Awareness Week

WHEREAS, Severe weather, in the form of thunderstorms, wind storms, floods and tornadoes, is a threat to the safety and welfare of all Michigan citizens; and,

WHEREAS, Each year, more than 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States, including an average of 15 in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Since 1950, 982 tornadoes have been reported in the State of Michigan, resulting in substantial loss of life and property; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan citizens are vulnerable to the devastating effects of tornadoes, flash floods and other severe weather in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, There were several injuries and three deaths resulting from severe weather in 2014; and,

WHEREAS, Our citizens should be aware of the warning signs of severe weather and proper safety and emergency procedures; and,

WHEREAS, Each year, the State joins with the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness , other emergency management officials and the media, to educate the public about the dangers of tornadoes and other severe weather events and the precautions that can be taken to save lives and protect families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 12-18, 2015 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.