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2022 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs

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U.S. Senate

Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI), Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

"As severe storms and natural disasters continue to increase because of climate change, communities in every part of our nation are facing serious damages, loss of life and other consequences. National Preparedness Month is an important opportunity to help families in Michigan and across the country ensure they are prepared for an emergency. FEMA’s emergency planning resources are a vital tool that helps save lives and prevents suffering by ensuring every member of your family knows what to do to stay safe when disaster strikes.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

"As a proud co-chair of FEMA's National Preparedness Month, I urge all Ohioans and Americans to teach your children, friends, and neighbors about the importance of emergency preparedness by making a plan and building a kit to be prepared for all types of emergencies. These steps are easy to follow and can help save the lives of your loved ones when unexpected disaster strikes."

U.S. House of Representatives

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), House Committee on Homeland Security

“Climate change continues to worsen weather patterns across the country. In Jackson, Mississippi we are currently faced with a water crisis that was exacerbated by extreme flooding. This is the third-highest crest on record. It is imperative that we focus on preparing communities for disasters. Every year, National Preparedness Month serves as an opportunity to ensure all Americans have the means to protect their legacy and the lives they have built for themselves and their families. I am proud to serve as a Co-Chair of the 2022 National Preparedness Month, and I look forward to working alongside FEMA to promote equitable preparedness and ensure that every community has the tools they need to be prepared for any disaster and the continued threat of climate change.”

Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY), House Committee on Homeland Security

“As we see every year, disasters know no off-season, which is why it’s imperative we are prepared when a disaster strikes. While I encourage every individual to evaluate their own personal preparedness, we must also be sure to continue to support our law enforcement and first responders so that they remain ready to keep us safe from all disasters – natural and manmade.  I am proud to serve as a Co-Chair of the 2022 National Preparedness Month and cannot stress enough the importance of emergency preparedness.”

Chairwoman Val Demings (D-FL), Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery; House Committee on Homeland Security

“This National Preparedness Month, I encourage everyone to make sure you and your family are safe and ready when a disaster hits. In Florida, we know that smart planning for disasters means increased safety during storms and greater community resilience. I will continue my work in Congress to make sure that state and local emergency managers, FEMA staff, and first responders have the tools, training, and expertise that they need to keep us safe. Let’s work together to be prepared.”

U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL), Homeland Security Committee and House Agriculture Committee

“As the lead Republican on the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee, it is an honor to serve as a Congressional co-chair for National Preparedness Month. No stranger to natural disasters, we in Florida understand the importance of emergency preparation. I am proud to work with my colleagues on the committee and in Congress to ensure all Americans are equipped for any situation.”

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

“Disaster can strike at any time and any place, from North Missouri to every other corner of the country.  It’s impossible to predict every disaster, which is why it’s so important to always have a plan and be prepared.  September is National Preparedness Month, but it’s a reminder that we must be ready year-round to protect our homes, communities, businesses, and loved ones from disaster of all types.  I encourage Americans everywhere to take advantage of the disaster preparedness resources and guidance from FEMA and other state and local emergency officials.”

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

“Disaster preparedness is crucial for protecting lives and communities. Floridians are no stranger to the terrible power and ravages of hurricanes and tropical storms. Taking action before disaster strikes, families, businesses, and individuals can greatly improve resiliency and safety. During National Preparedness Month, I encourage everyone to have necessary supplies for emergencies, a Preparedness Plan, and to take advantage of the information and resources from FEMA and state and local officials.”

Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), House Committee on Oversight and Reform

“Disasters and emergencies like hurricanes, wildfires, and floods can strike at any time and have devastating impacts on our communities especially in New York City.  With these weather-related incidents increasing in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change, I join in observing National Preparedness Month.  I encourage all Americans to participate in this national initiative by making a plan, gathering supplies, and understanding the risks in your area in order to better protect yourself and your loved ones.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO), Co-Chairman, Bipartisan Congressional Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Caucus

“From the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, and Marshall Fires to the historic floods in 2013, communities in Colorado’s 2nd District have unfortunately been an epicenter for disasters and emergencies. For the safety of our families and communities, it is imperative that we act decisively to prepare for any future threats. I am proud to partner with FEMA in honoring September as this year’s National Preparedness Month. Through increased investments in community programming and the expansion of educational and social resources, we can better equip Americans to reduce the threats of these disasters. Being prepared reduces fear and promotes safer roadways to recovery.”

Last Updated: 09/19/2022

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