Chairman Johnson Encourages Americans To Be Prepared for Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, commented today that National Preparedness Month — observed every September — serves as a reminder that we all must prepare for emergencies and disasters that can affect all Americans where we live, work and play.

“My home state of Wisconsin has seen its share of natural disasters, the latest just last month when disastrous floods hit,” said Johnson. “It is critically important for Americans to be prepared for a natural disaster. As chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I am honored to serve as a congressional co-chair for the 13th annual National Preparedness Month. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is, ‘Don’t Wait. Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.’ That is vital advice, as disasters happen at a moment’s notice. It is imperative that families think ahead by creating and reviewing emergency plans, building and restocking emergency kits, and promoting awareness among friends and local communities. Through effective preparation, we can do a better job of keeping our communities and loved ones safe.”

Each week during National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency raises awareness about natural disasters — floods, wildfires, and hurricanes — and power outages. On Sept. 30, National Preparedness Month culminates with National PrepareAthon! Day, which offers all Americans an opportunity to take action and practice their preparedness in advance of an emergency.  By practicing preparedness actions in advance of a disaster, you can be better prepared to handle an emergency you may encounter.