Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Declaration of State of Emergency
On July 24, 2021, severe thunderstorms developed across the state, producing high winds, heavy rains, and in some areas, tornadoes. The National Weather Service confirmed that around 8:00 PM an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 105 mph struck Armada Township and the Village of Armada in Macomb County. Around the same time, another EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 100 mph struck White Lake Township in Oakland County. These areas saw concentrated damage to homes, businesses, and public infrastructure, downed power lines, destroyed trees, and scattered debris. Residents experienced sustained power outages, road closures, delayed emergency vehicle response times, and other safety hazards.
In response, Armada Township, the Village of Armada, Macomb County, and White Lake Township declared local states of emergency, and local disaster response and recovery operations were activated. Despite these efforts, local resources have proven insufficient to address the situation. State assistance and other outside resources are necessary to effectively respond to and recover from the impacts of this emergency, protect public health, safety, and property, and lessen or avert the threat of more severe and lasting harm.
Section 1 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the State of Michigan in the governor. Under the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as amended, MCL 30.403(4), "[t]he governor shall, by executive order or proclamation, declare a state of emergency if he or she finds that an emergency has occurred or that the threat of an emergency exists."
Therefore, acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, including the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as amended, MCL 30.401 to 30.421, I find it reasonable and necessary to order the following: