2020 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs

United States Senate 

  • Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Representative Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, Committee on Financial Services
  • Representative Carolyn Maloney, Chairwoman, Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman, Committee on Science, Space & Technology
  • Representative Mike D. Rogers, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Sam Graves, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Representative Frank Lucas, Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space, & Technology
  • Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chairwoman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Dina Titus, Chairwoman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
  • Representative Peter T. King, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Representative John Katko, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

 

Congressional Co-Chairs’ Quotes

United States Senate 

Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

“In a year with unprecedented disasters across our country, it is imperative that Americans plan ahead before disasters strike. As our first responders work to assist with COVID-19, wildfires in California, and hurricane recovery operations in the Gulf states, it is critical that Americans heed the warnings of public safety officials. No action is more important than preparedness and I am honored to serve as congressional co-chair for the 2020 National Preparedness Month.”

Senator Gary C. Peters, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

“Every year, natural disasters are responsible for hundreds of deaths and cause billions of dollars in damage across the country,” said Senator Peters, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “As our nation continues its response to the Coronavirus pandemic as we face other natural disasters, National Preparedness Month reminds us all of how important it is to be prepared for an emergency and make investments in our infrastructure to reduce the impact on our communities and families. As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I’m joining FEMA in urging families in Michigan and across the country to ensure everyone stays safe when disaster strikes.”

U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

“September marks another National Preparedness Month, reminding us all to take precautions to prepare for natural disasters like earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, and hurricanes that can wreak havoc on our communities. Natural disasters are nothing new, but the extreme weather events of the last several years have resulted in devastating and catastrophic hurricanes, wildfires, and floods, which are only becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change. No community is immune to natural disaster – it’s critically important that we develop updated strategies to better protect and prepare our communities for emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, I encourage all of us to take the time to refresh our own personal plans and learn what we can do now to help protect ourselves and loved ones in case disaster strikes.”

Representative Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, Committee on Financial Services

“As our nation continues to struggle with the impacts of COVID-19 in the middle of the current hurricane season, the importance of disaster preparedness should be apparent to all of us. Science tells us that natural disasters are only getting stronger and happening more often, but as a country we are not prepared to confront this reality. For decades, we have underinvested in flood mapping and mitigation and there are still far too many households and businesses that go without the insurance coverage that they need.  As Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, I have been working to pass a comprehensive reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that will make important progress toward greater national preparedness and provide for a long term reauthorization of the program. I am pleased to participate as a 2020 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair to raise awareness about the importance of flood insurance and other forms of emergency and disaster preparedness.”

Representative Carolyn Maloney, Chairwoman, Committee on Oversight and Reform

 

“Throughout the country, we have seen the devastating impacts of increasingly severe natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires, and floods.  My Congressional district knows this all too well, having experienced Superstorm Sandy.  As Chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, I encourage all Americans—especially during this National Preparedness Month—to create their own plans to protect themselves and their families in the event of a disaster or emergency.”

 

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman, Committee on Science, Space, & Technology

“I am so proud to again join FEMA during National Preparedness Month to encourage Texans and all Americans in preparing for the impacts of unexpected disasters and emergencies during a pandemic. We have already seen a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season this year with thirteen storms formed before peak season begins in September, in addition to the devastating fires burning across the western United States and flooding in the east. The potential for sustained severe and devastating extreme weather is very concerning especially as it can exacerbate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. It is crucial that families and communities make a plan and prepare for disasters and emergencies before they happen by taking a few simple steps and by signing up for emergency alerts all on Ready.gov.”

Representative Mike D. Rogers, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security

“Preparedness is more important than ever. Throughout 2020, we’ve experienced devastating hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and flooding all while in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s important for all Americans to be prepared to face these challenges as they come. I am proud to partner with FEMA during National Preparedness Month to help bring awareness of how to best prepare for the unexpected and distribute critical information on what to do when disaster strikes.”

Representative Sam Graves, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

“The added challenges and precautions related to COVID-19 make disaster preparedness more critical than ever for Americans across the country.  Even though my district in Missouri continues to recover from the flooding of over a year ago, the 2020 hurricane season has already begun to take its toll in lives and livelihoods, and wildfires continue to endanger parts of the West, National Preparedness Month reminds us that there are concrete steps people can take right now to ensure they and their families are more prepared for the next disaster.”

Representative Frank Lucas, Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space, & Technology

“We all know the terrible consequences of natural disasters and weather emergencies, which include everything from tornadoes in my home state of Oklahoma, to hurricanes on the east coast, to wildfires in western states. One way we can help save lives is to improve our weather forecasting abilities to give families and businesses earlier, more accurate, and more precise warnings. While we can and should work to improve this technology, it’s equally important that people know how to protect themselves and their families before emergencies strike. Having a plan ahead of time saves lives, and families that already have a plan in place should update it given new circumstances working or learning from home. I’m proud to co-chair FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and help Americans stay safe during emergencies.”

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chairwoman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

“As America continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is facing natural disasters as well, including devastating wildfires in my home state of California and a powerful hurricane season. Planning and preparing for disasters and emergencies of all sorts is always important, but especially now during a national health crisis. That is why this September’s National Preparedness Month is more critical than ever: this year, it is a time to make sure you and your family are prepared to keep safe from COVID and natural disasters at the same time.  As National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair, I urge you to have a full and up-to-date emergency response plan in place so that your family will be ready when disaster strikes.”

Representative Dina Titus, Chairwoman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

“September is National Preparedness Month – a reminder to revisit and refresh our personal emergency plans, or to establish plans for the first time. The last several years have unfortunately seen communities across our nation devastated by catastrophic natural disasters like wildfires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Emergency preparedness begins at home – it’s vital that in addition to investing in resilience and mitigation at all levels of government, we do so at home. This month we must take a moment to learn what we can do now to protect ourselves and our loved ones when disaster strikes.”

Representative Peter T. King, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery

“Preparedness is crucial to minimizing the impacts of disasters and emergencies. As we approach the anniversary of the greatest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, while currently experiencing the destruction of Hurricane Laura, it is more important than ever that we take steps to be better prepared. As a Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and currently serving as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, I have long advocated for the strengthening of FEMA grant programs that  provide key assistance to promote disaster education and mitigation, along with equipment and training to first responders. I am proud to serve as a Co-Chair of National Preparedness Month to encourage all Americans to evaluate their personal preparedness and take this opportunity to make any necessary changes to improve it.”

Representative John Katko, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

“National Preparedness Month serves as an important opportunity to highlight steps that American households, businesses, and communities can take to effectively plan for disasters and emergencies” said Rep. John Katko, Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. “As our nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more critical than ever that localities are equipped with the necessary tools to effectively prepare for a disaster and keep our families safe.”

Last Updated: 09/14/2020