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Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency due to sub-zero temps

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Jill Wellington

Michigan is in the middle of a severe cold front with sub-zero temperatures forecasted for the next few days. As a result, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency.

Dale George is with the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security division. He says the emergency declaration will let the state provide resources to cities and towns dealing with the cold.

“They can continue the response. There’s some funding mechanisms, the state can start to supply some manpower and trucks and machines. Whatever they need for their response depending on what kind of issues they’re dealing with,” he says.

Governor Whitmer says declaring a state of emergency will also remind people how dangerous the weather conditions are. Whitmer declared the emergency Monday night and filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday morning.

“This is an event unlike any we’ve seen in a generation. And I think it’s really important that we protect people,” she says.

Schools are closed across the state, with temperatures predicted to fall as low as negative 50 degrees in some areas.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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