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National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs

United States Senate 

  • Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Senator Claire McCaskill, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
  • Senator Jon Tester, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
  • Senator Gary C. Peters, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Representative Michael McCaul, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Representative Kevin Yoder, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
  • Representative Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Committee on Financial Services
  • Representative Dan Donovan, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
  • Representative Lou Barletta, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
  • Representative Dina Titus, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management


2018 NPM Congressional Co-Chairs’ Quotes

United States Senate

Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“Last year’s natural disasters resulted in significant human and economic loss across America. This year, wildfires are spreading across California, the hurricane season is underway, and we already lost two lives this June from heavy rains and flooding in my home state of Wisconsin. As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I will continue to advocate for the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. This legislation aims to address lessons learned from last year’s disasters by incentivizing mitigation projects and enabling better local response and recovery. Being individually prepared before disasters strike is a responsibility every American needs to shoulder.  I am honored to serve as Congressional Co-Chair for the 2018 National Preparedness Month.”

Senator Claire McCaskill, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“For communities in Missouri and across the country, having a plan in place is key to making sure families stay safe in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster,” said Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “I’m proud to join FEMA and Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle during this National Preparedness Month to spread the word about how emergency preparedness can save lives.”

Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“While many of the emergencies and disasters we face are unpredictable, what we do know is that the risk to lives, livelihoods, and property are even greater if we are unprepared for these kinds of events. Whether it’s flooding in West Virginia, fires in California, or hurricanes along the Gulf Coasts, our communities must be ready to act—including government officials at the federal, state, and local levels. I’m proud to raise awareness and support efforts to help ensure we are ready to respond to any situation that may arise.”

Senator Jon Tester, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“Just like harvest season rolls around every year, you can count on emergencies being a constant in our lives. And while we can’t prevent every disaster, it just makes sense to prepare for them now.”

Senator Gary C. Peters, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
“Over the last year, Michiganders have experienced extreme flooding and severe weather that damaged roads, businesses and homes,” said Senator Peters. “In response to these life-altering events, I’ve seen how prepared communities and increased investment in risk management resources lead to faster, stronger recovery efforts. National Preparedness Month serves as an important reminder for everyone in our communities to take action now to prepare for possible emergencies.”

U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Michael McCaul, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
“Last year, our country experienced devastating hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and two terrorist attacks. All of these events underscore the importance of preparedness. This National Preparedness Month, I urge all Americans to take steps to get better prepared: learn about the threats you face, make an emergency kit, have a plan, and follow emergency management officials on social media. A prepared community is a resilient community.”

Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
“September marks National Preparedness Month, a reminder that we must all take action to prepare for natural disasters, like earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes that can wreak havoc on our communities. After the devastating 2017 hurricane and wildfire seasons, we unfortunately saw that no community is immune to natural disaster. It is critical that we come together to develop a strategy to better protect and prepare our communities for emergencies. During this month, I encourage everyone to take the time to learn what you can do now to help protect yourself and your loved ones in case a natural disaster strikes,” Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

Representative Kevin Yoder, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“As we saw in the wake of the devastating events of the past year, citizens are often the first responders in the wake of a disaster.  Across the United States, we’ve seen hurricanes, and wildfires, and just this last year in the Third District of Kansas there was flooding that left residents stranded and killed one of my constituents. This month is National Preparedness Month, a good reminder that we all must prepare ourselves and our families for floods, tornados, and other disasters that may occur. Take steps now to be ready for future disasters: create an emergency plan, learn basic lifesaving skills, and maintain emergency savings.”

Representative Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Committee on Financial Services
“In 2017, for the first time on record, three Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the United States and as we enter the peak of the 2018 hurricane season, American families must be prepared for the economic, social, and physical costs of increasingly catastrophic weather,” said Ranking Member Waters. “As Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, I am committed to ensuring that families and businesses are well-equipped for the devastating impact of natural disasters as I continue to push for a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP was created to provide accessible and affordable flood insurance for millions of families and I’m pleased to participate as a 2018 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair to raise awareness of the importance of flood insurance and other forms of emergency and disaster preparedness.”

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“Catastrophic wildfires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres of California over the last 12 months. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria killed thousands of people and caused widespread devastation. When danger approaches, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. As we observe National Preparedness Month this September, every American should take some time to make sure they're prepared for a broad range of emergencies, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, power outages, acts of terrorism, and wildfires. I encourage every Californian – and every American – to proactively take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families, friends, and loved ones against disasters of all types.”

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
"Research shows that across the country fire seasons are becoming longer and strong storms more frequent. Last year, thousands of Americans lost their lives, homes, and livelihoods due to extreme weather events and natural disasters, including some of my fellow Texans. I am happy to join FEMA during National Preparedness Month in encouraging individuals and communities around the country to take time to create a plan now that can help keep themselves, their families, and their neighbors safe in the event of an emergency. It’s important to remember that simple preparations can save lives.”

Representative Dan Donovan, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
Congressman Donovan said, “Our nation knows all too well the widespread devastation natural disasters and terrorist attacks bring. While we can’t always control when a disaster will strike, we can take steps to ensure our families are better prepared for emergency situations. September is National Preparedness month, and it’s the perfect time to get ready for the unexpected. Become informed, draft a plan, create a kit, and talk to your loved ones. Taking these small steps will make our communities stronger, safer, and more resilient. Let’s work together and prepare now.”