WHEREAS, the State of Michigan experienced tornadoes this year and severe freezing and flooding last year, highlighting how emergencies and disasters can strike at any moment that place 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 reduce 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 a three-day emergency supply kit containing items necessary for survival in the event of an emergency; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan State Police, state and local governments, and emergency management partners 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;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September, 2015 as Preparedness Month in Michigan.