DEEP FREEZE: Governor Whitmer addresses State of Emergency


DIMONDALE, Mich. (WLNS) – The extreme cold is also impacting our state government, as all Michigan offices are closed through tomorrow.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer stopped by the State Emergency Operations Center in Dimondale today to check in on how things are going.

As subzero temperatures and mountains of snow strike our state, Governor Whitmer, along with other officials, want to make sure that everyone is staying safe.

“This is not something you plan for but when the environment is what it is, you got to take action when you think it’s necessary, and that’s what we did,” said Governor Whitmer.

Declaring a state of emergency on Monday, Governor Whitmer says it’s a necessary step that she’s willing to take to protect those across Michigan.

“It’s not an easy decision to make, but when you see something of this nature, unprecedented in the last 25 years, it’s important to listen to the National Weather Service, consult the State Police and people on the front line,” said Governor Whitmer.

The governor met with officials at the Emergency Operations Center in Dimondale today to figure out the extent of the winter storm and how they’re going to address it moving forward.

Captain Emmitt McGowan with the Michigan State Police says their job is to make sure local departments have everything they need to help people during this extreme cold.

“The locals
have this wrapped, we’re just in a ready position,” said McGowan.

As for the financial burdens of a government closure, Governor Whitmer says she has already reached out to the Trump administration just in case help is needed from the federal government.

But first she wants to make sure people get the help they need right away.

“You can’t put a price tag on moving swiftly and protecting people, and that’s what we’re doing
,” said Governor Whitmer.

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