Gov. Whitmer Declares State of Emergency for Grand Rapids due to Extreme Weather
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Grand Rapids.
This is after the ice storms struck on Thursday Jan. 7.
Over 40,000 people to lost power and it created dangerous driving conditions.
“Our first responders and volunteer services continue to work diligently to protect public health and safety, while utility workers continue efforts to restore power to the residents of Grand Rapids and I thank all of them for their work” Whitmer said.
Declaring a state emergency allows all state resource to work with local recovery efforts.
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of Michigan State Police to will now be able to coordinate state efforts beyond what the MSP/EMHSD was already doing.
Grand Rapids also declared a local state of emergency on February 9 to activate local emergency response and recovery plans.
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said “Our current services are deployed at full capacity. However, they are not sufficient to meet the significant needs across our city. This has led us to partner with the state to help secure additional resources.”