Washington, D.C. – The National Governors Associations (NGA) has joined a coalition of more than 50 national organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the United States Chamber of Commerce, to engage Americans in emergency preparedness by launching National Preparedness Month on September 9, 2004. All 55 state and territorial governors have pledged to mark National Preparedness Month with local events. The launch event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and co-chaired by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Representatives Christopher Cox (R-CA) and Jane Harman (D-CA), will take place at the United States Capitol.
“National Preparedness Month brings together an amazing coalition of partners to make citizen preparedness a priority for every city, every neighborhood and every home across America,” said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. “Homeland security is a shared responsibility and I am pleased that so many organizations and national leaders are working together to help get this information out into communities across the nation.”
“Governors across America share Secretary Ridge’s commitment to securing our homeland,” said NGA Executive Director Raymond C. Scheppach. “That includes educating the public about what they can do to prepare themselves for emergencies.”
National Preparedness Month will provide Americans with a variety of opportunities to learn more about ways they can prepare for an emergency, get an emergency supply kit, establish a family communications plan, and become better aware of threats that may impact communities. It will also provide them with several opportunities to volunteer or get first aid or CPR training. State and local governments, individual communities, private businesses and nonprofit organizations will host events or promote preparedness steps around the country during September to encourage all Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.