Whitmer Declares State Of Emergency For Tri-County Area
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer had recognized the damage done in Southern Michigan from the storms that moved through the area two weeks ago.

On Tuesday, Whitmer declared a state of emergency for St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties to address the impacts of severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds that hit on August 11 and 12. Whitmer thanked the first responders and line-workers who have worked diligently to keep residents safe and restore power to the communities hit by the storms. She says the State of Michigan will continue to work closely with St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties and provide needed resources to support recovery efforts. By declaring a state of emergency, Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what they have already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.

On August 13, Branch County declared a local state of emergency due to a severe thunderstorm that caused widespread or severe damage. On August 14, St. Joseph County declared a local state of emergency following severe storms that resulted in power outages and hazardous debris impacting emergency response and restoration efforts. On August 16, Hillsdale County declared a local state of emergency due to damage as a result of severe thunderstorms. All three counties requested a governor’s declaration.

The declaration of a local state of emergency activates local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, the counties have determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect the health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.


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