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Sunday, September 2, 2012
National Preparedness Month
The following proclamation was issued by President Barack H. Obama to
make September - "National Preparedness Month".
Whenever our Nation has
been challenged, the American people have responded with faith, courage, and
strength. This year, natural disasters have tested our response ability across
all levels of government. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives
have been impacted by recent storms, and we will continue to stand with them in
their time of need. This September also marks the 10th anniversary of the
tragic events of September 11, 2001, which united our country both in our
shared grief and in our determination to prevent future generations from
experiencing similar devastation. Our Nation has weathered many hardships, but
we have always pulled together as one Nation to help our neighbors prepare for,
respond to, and recover from these extraordinary challenges.
In April of this year, a
devastating series of tornadoes challenged our resilience and tested our
resolve. In the weeks that followed, people from all walks of life throughout
the Midwest and the South joined together to help affected towns recover and
rebuild. In Joplin, Missouri, pickup trucks became ambulances, doors served as
stretchers, and a university transformed itself into a hospital. Local
businesses contributed by using trucks to ship donations, or by rushing food to
those in need. Disability community leaders worked side-by-side with emergency
managers to ensure that survivors with disabilities were fully included in
relief and recovery efforts. These stories reveal what we can accomplish
through readiness and collaboration, and underscore that in America, no problem
is too hard and no challenge is too great.
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.
In the last few days, we
have been tested once again by Hurricane Irene. While affected communities in
many States rebuild, we remember that preparedness is essential. Although we
cannot always know when and where a disaster will hit, we can ensure we are
ready to respond. Together, we can equip our families and communities to be
resilient through times of hardship and to respond to adversity in the same way
America always has -- by picking ourselves up and continuing the task of
keeping our country strong and safe.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK
OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority
vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim September 2011 as National Preparedness Month. I encourage all
Americans to recognize the importance of preparedness and observe this month by
working together to enhance our national security, resilience, and readiness.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I
have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of August, in the year of our
Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
preceding document was released last year by the President and we should all
applaud him for recognizing that our citizens should be prepared.I think that we should take heed to his call
for preparedness but it would have been a good idea to add a few paragraphs to the letter that they released.The
following is what I would have added.
the United States, we must heed the need for personal responsibility toward our
preparedness for natural and manmade disasters.All people have the responsibility to protect themselves from natural
disasters by heeding evacuation orders when issued by the county or state
authorities.Everyone should have enough
supplies to take at a moments notice to see them through 3 days in an
evacuation shelter.All citizens should
also have a two weeks drinking water supply in case of contaminated water in
their community that results by either natural or manmade disasters.Citizens should have at the very least if at
all possible a minimum of two weeks food that requires very little preparation
to maintain the health of your family during disasters and power outages.There is no place that is completely safe
from possible power outages, weather disasters, or the need for quarantine
during a possible pandemic or biological event.
species is vulnerable but the human spirit is indomitable and can persevere
even in the face of a disaster.Prepare
for the worst and pray for the best.In
the future if we work together as a united people and take the responsibility
for ourselves and our families the Government will be able to help those who
cannot prepare because of disabilities, severe poverty or other problems that
keep them from being able to prepare for themselves.
States Government has limited resources for large scale disasters but with the
Citizens helping themselves and their neighbors and community the disasters
effects will be minimized and will be mitigated more quickly to get the area
and people back to a more normal situation.
have died in the past when natural disasters took place and many deaths were
unnecessary and would not have occurred if the people had been prepared and had
heeded warnings.Do not forget that the
Government is for the people and by the people, but it is not responsible for
your safety in lieu of your taking care of yourselves.You are the first responder to your own
situation and for your family and your neighbors if possible.Be your brothers keeper and help where ever
you are needed in a catastrophe.”