September 2017: Preparedness Month

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan experienced several instances of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes over the last two years that resulted in a Governor’s disaster declaration, highlighting how emergencies and disasters can strike at any moment that place our residents, property and infrastructure in harm's way; and,

WHEREAS, every Michigander has the opportunity to prepare themselves and their communities for emergencies and disasters by taking the 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 your 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, businesses can prepare for emergencies and disasters by establishing an emergency preparedness program, creating and implementing an all-hazards emergency plan, testing and exercising that plan, and re-evaluating systems to improve programs prior to an incident; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan State Police, state and local governments and emergency management partners are committed to helping residents 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 2017 as Preparedness Month in Michigan.