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President Proclaims ‘National Preparedness Month’

On August 31, President Obama declared September 2011 as National Preparedness Month.  The proclamation acknowledges the many natural disasters that have challenged the nation in the past year – most recently, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene.  The President also noted that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Relying on the strength and resiliency of the nation, President Obama stated, “Preparedness is a shared responsibility, and my Administration is dedicated to implementing a “whole community” approach to disaster response.  This requires collaboration at all levels of government, and with America’s private and nonprofit sectors.  Individuals also play a vital role in securing our country.  The National Preparedness Month Coalition gives everyone the chance to join together and share information across the United States.  Americans can also support volunteer programs through www.Serve.gov, or find tools to prepare for any emergency by visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign website at www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov.”

To read the Proclamation in its entirety or to download and share a copy, please go to:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions.