LANSING (WLNS) — Late Monday night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an order declaring a state of emergency in Michigan. A new release said she will file the paperwork Tuesday morning with the Secretary of State’s office to make it official.
The governor says the order is necessary to help address threats to public health and safety related to the frigid weather that will blanket the state with sub-zero temperatures over the next few days.
A State of Emergency declaration helps provide financial support and other resources to help prevent or alleviate damages, loss, hardship or suffering.
Governor Whitmer stated that keeping Michiganders safe during the dangerously cold temperatures is the top priority.
“Such widespread, extreme conditions have not occurred in Michigan for many years and it is imperative that we are proactive with record-low temperatures being predicted by the National Weather Service. Wind chills are predicted as low as 50 degrees below zero in many places, such as metro Detroit which is especially unaccustomed to these temps.”
Conditions and needs will be continually assessed and appropriate action will be taken as warranted to protect public health and safety.
In addition to the emergency declaration, Gov. Whitmer has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), which coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government. The center is housed at Michigan State Police (MSP) Headquarters in Dimondale and overseen by MSP’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD.)
Residents who need help or guidance during the extreme cold are encouraged to call 211.
If you have to go out, check travel conditions and weather reports first at www.michigan.gov/roadconditions.
You can also find road closures at www.michigan.gov/drive.