Governor Snyder says Michigan is on alert and ready to provide whatever services it can to local communities and residents hit hard by this latest blast from Mother Nature.

The governor announced Sunday night that he partically activated the state's Emergency Operations Center.  The activation means key emergency management personnel from essential state agencies will report to work to help coordinate a round-the-clock assistance effort to local communities.

State government office buildings are closed today but government leaders will be working with individual jurisdictions on a case by case basis.  Synder said the weather conditions prompting the unusual move.  "The heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have combined to create hazardous conditions in many areas of the state."   The governor added that public health and safety is his primary concern at this point. Snyder is also asking those who can stay at home today, to do so.  He also is asking everyone to encourage others to do so as well.

According to Michigan State Police Captain Chris Kelenske, Commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, there have been no requests for state assistance at this time.  But, he says, the governor says those within government are standing ready to give assistance on resources available, should the need arise..