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 Bennie Thompson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Representative Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, Committee on Financial Services
  • Representative Mike D. Rogers, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Sam Graves, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Donald M. Payne, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Representative Peter T. King, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  • Representative Dina Titus, Chairwoman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
  • Representative Mark Meadows, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

2019 National Preparedness Month

Congressional Co-Chairs’ Quotes

United States Senate 

Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“As Hurricane Dorian devastates parts of The Bahamas and threatens America’s east coast, communities all across America continue to recover and rebuild after historic damage from the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons. Last year’s passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act will help improve building code implementation, provide better guidance on evacuation routes, and implement a new national public infrastructure mitigation program. I am honored to serve as congressional co-chair for the 2019 National Preparedness Month and urge all Americans to plan ahead and heed the warnings of public safety officials.”

Senator Gary C. Peters, Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Over the past few years, Michiganders have seen the tremendous cost of extreme weather and flooding caused in part by climate change,” said Senator Peters. “National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we must be prepared for emergencies and make investments that will help reduce the toll that disasters take on our communities and families. As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I’m proud to join FEMA in urging families in Michigan and across the country to ensure everyone stays safe when disaster strikes.”

U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Bennie Thompson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
“In recent years, we’ve seen intensifying natural disasters devastate our communities across the country. This year, severe weather and record flooding have upended the lives of thousands across the country, including many in my home state of Mississippi. When we are not prepared our communities suffer. It should be the utmost priority of the American government to not only bring awareness to the issue, but to provide the necessary preparedness resources to protect families and save lives. That is why I am proud to be a Co-Chair for the 2019 National Preparedness Month, working towards solutions that push the importance of emergency preparedness.”

Representative Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, Committee on Financial Services
“As natural disasters continue to increase in frequency and severity, American families must be prepared not only to protect their physical health and safety, but their financial well-being.  As Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, I am committed to ensuring that families and businesses are well-equipped for the devastating economic, physical, and social impact of natural disasters as I continue to push for a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP provides homeowners, businesses, renters, and communities with the certainty they deserve, and I’m pleased to participate as a 2019 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair to raise awareness of the importance of flood insurance and other forms of emergency and disaster preparedness.”

Representative Sam Graves, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
“As my own district in Missouri continues to recover from devastating flooding from earlier this year, now is the perfect time to remind everyone across the Nation that no community is completely immune to disaster of one kind or another.  Being prepared for floods, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or even acts of terrorism can save money, save property, and most importantly, save lives.”

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, Chairwoman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“In the last few years, California has experienced some of the most catastrophic wildfires in its history, floods, mudslides, and most recently, a series of earthquakes.  Across our country, Americans have experienced some of the worst hurricanes in our history, tornadoes, floods and devastating winter storms.  In addition to these natural disasters, we also continue to face the risk of acts of terrorism, power outages and other man-made events.  Although we face many types of risk, the best manner to protect ourselves our families and loved ones is to plan and be prepared, not scared.  One plan can address all the risks we face, including natural disasters and should be inclusive of your entire family. As we observe National Preparedness Month this September, I encourage every Californian – and every American – to plan or update an emergency response plan to protect themselves and their families, friends, and loved ones against disasters of all types.”

Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr., Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery
“We’ve seen how climate change has made natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and flooding, more frequent and much more severe.  We need to be ready for the next emergency before it happens.  As Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Subcommittee, I want FEMA and other Federal agencies to have the resources to provide robust assistance before, during and after an emergency.  Preparedness is a mission the nation should carry out every day.  We need to be ready now, because we cannot afford to wait until the next disaster strikes.”

Representative Mark Meadows, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings an Emergency Management
“Disasters can strike at any time, during any season, throughout the year. North Carolina has faced severe floods, hurricanes, and other disasters since I came to office. Not to mention the historic earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and power outages we have seen across U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time. Our first responders, police, fire and rescue, and nonprofit organizations serve as key players during these disasters, providing aid and resources to those affected. They may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster.

These events are often unexpected by their very nature, leaving little time, if any, to prepare. That is why it is so important to put time into planning and preparation long before the disaster strikes. Being prepared is a 365-day-a-year activity. Take charge and take control to be as prepared as possible. Key resources to help you, your family, and your community prepare a "go bag"Protect Your Critical Documents and Valuables, and build an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit are available at Ready.gov.”