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2021 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs

U.S. Senate

Senator Gary Peters, Chair, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

"Every year, natural disasters are responsible for hundreds of deaths and cause billions of dollars in damage across the country," said Senator Peters, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Following the severe flooding, wildfires and hurricanes we have seen so far this year, National Preparedness Month is an important reminder of how being prepared for an emergency can save lives and protect homes and small businesses. I urge families in Michigan and across the country to use the resources FEMA provides to make an emergency plan and ensure they can stay safe when disaster strikes."

Senator Rob Portman, Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

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

U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Peter DeFazio, Chair, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

"This September, we once again mark National Preparedness Month. As we commemorate this occasion, we do so against the backdrop of increasing extreme weather events that are fueled by climate change and have left communities across the nation devastated. From worsening wildfires out West, to stronger hurricanes in the Gulf and East Coasts, to more frequent flooding in the Midwest, Americans in every corner of the nation know what it’s like to experience a natural disaster. But the good news is that we can take actions now to be prepared for when disaster strikes. As chair of the committee with jurisdiction over FEMA, I encourage every American to use this month to get prepared, talk to friends and family, and come up with a plan so we can protect those we love."

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

"From North Missouri to every far corner of the country, no one knows just when or where the next disaster may fall. National Preparedness Month is an important reminder that being prepared to protect our homes, communities, businesses, and loved ones is critical to saving lives and livelihoods. I urge everyone to use the guidance from FEMA, as well as state and local emergency preparedness officials, to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for disasters."

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

"September marks National Preparedness Month and serves as a reminder to revisit and reassess our personal emergency plans and make any necessary updates. Currently, communities across the country are facing devastating storms, wildfires, and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, making it more important than ever that families invest in and prepare for emergencies at home just as we do at the federal level. As Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, I am honored to participate as a 2021 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair to raise awareness about how to make a plan, be prepared, and stay safe."

Representative Daniel Webster, Ranking Member, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

"Disaster preparedness is critical for protecting lives and communities. Floridians are not strangers to the terrible power and ravages of hurricanes and tropical storms. It is critical for families, businesses and individuals to be ready and prepared before disaster strikes. During this National Preparedness Month, I encourage everyone to have necessary supplies and a Preparedness Plan."

Representative Bennie Thompson, Chair, House Committee on Homeland Security

"Every year, National Preparedness Month serves as a key opportunity to create or review your emergency plans, re-stock your emergency kits, and spread awareness within your communities. As our nation continues to combat COVID-19, faces a destructive and record-breaking wildfire season and active hurricane season, it is more critical than ever to be vigilant and collaborate as families and communities to make certain we are all prepared."

Representative John Katko, Ranking Member, House Committee on Homeland Security

"This year, our Nation has already witnessed massive wildfires, severe flooding, tornadoes, and even ice storms. Just last month, communities across my home state of New York faced extreme weather conditions as a result of Hurricane Henri. Incidents like this highlight the importance of preparedness to minimizing the potentially devastating impacts of disasters. As the Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, I would be remiss if I didn’t note that this month also marks the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack that our country has ever seen. 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 and emergencies – natural and manmade. I am proud to serve as a Co-Chair of the 2021 National Preparedness Month and cannot stress enough the importance of emergency preparedness."

Representative Val Demings, Chairwoman, House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

"Our foremost responsibility is the safety and security of the American people, and each of us can play an important role to keep ourselves and our families safe. This National Preparedness Month, it is more important than ever for every American to reevaluate our emergency plans, stock up on any needed supplies, talk to our children about what to do in an emergency, and ensure that we are prepared and protected. Our dedicated workers in Congress, FEMA, and across the federal government will continue our work to protect you and your family. We’re in this together. Stay safe.”

Representative Kat Cammack, Ranking Member, House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

"This year, I'm proud to be a congressional co-chair for this year’s National Preparedness Month. As the lead Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, I understand just how important it is for everyone to be prepared when disasters strike. In Florida, we’re no strangers to hurricane season, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues to make sure all Americans are equipped for any situation."

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chair, House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

“This year, America continues its efforts to keep communities safe and healthy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “But the pandemic is not the only danger we face. This September’s National Preparedness Month is more critical than ever as our country is hit with natural disasters from hurricanes and tropical storms in the Gulf Coast and the northeast to wildfires that continue to rage in my home state of California. As a National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair, I urge Americans to make sure that as you take the necessary precautions to stay safe from COVID-19, you also prepare for natural disasters by developing a full and up-to-date plan to help you and your family prepare for the moment disaster might strike.”

Representative Carolyn Maloney, Chairwoman, 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. 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," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Representative Salud Carbajal, Chair, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

"As we work together to overcome COVID-19 and contend with the extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change, it is more important than ever to be prepared in the event of a natural disaster," said Rep. Carbajal. "My district knows firsthand the toll that fires and mudslides can take. No one is immune to the threat of a natural disaster and I encourage all of us to be proactive and prepare ourselves and our families for an emergency. In honor of National Preparedness Month, take a moment to review your emergency plan and make sure you are ready in the event of a disaster."

Representative Jenniffer González-Colón (PR-AL), Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. Member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference

"Preparedness is now more important than ever. Over the last five years Puerto Ricans have had to deal with unprecedented hurricanes, seismic activity, and now we are all in the midst of a global pandemic. We have had to learn to adjust our plans and be at a higher level of readiness. That is why this September’s National Preparedness Month is more critical than ever: it is a time to make sure you and your family are prepared to face and mitigate challenges when they occur. As a National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair, I urge everyone to have an up-to-date emergency response plan in place so that you will be ready when disaster strikes."

Last Updated: 09/09/2021