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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 John Boozman, 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
  • Senator Tom Carper, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Representative Michael McCaul, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Bill Shuster, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Representative Bennie Thompson, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security
  • Representative Peter A. DeFazio, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Representative Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Committee on Financial Services
  • Representative John Carter, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
  • 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 Lamar Smith, Chairman, Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, Subcommittee on Research & Technology
  • Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr., Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
  • Representative Henry “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

2017 NPM Congressional Co-Chairs’ Quotes

United States Senate 

Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“As we have seen in Wisconsin and throughout the United States, disasters can strike without warning. Being prepared for potential emergencies and natural disasters is very important. As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I am honored to participate as a Congressional Co-Chair for the 2017 National Preparedness Month,” said Chairman Johnson.

Senator Claire McCaskill, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“It’s critical we work to ensure families, friends and communities have a plan in place to stay safe when unexpected disasters strike,” said Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "I'm glad to join FEMA and other agencies during National Preparedness Month to spread the word across Missouri and our nation about the importance of emergency preparedness."

Senator John Boozman, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“We all have a role to play in preparing for emergencies. Planning ahead is key to keeping our families, communities and nation safe,” said Boozman, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

Senator Jon Tester, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“As a Montanan, I know the impacts of natural disasters on our economy and way of life.  From floods to droughts and wildfires, we must do all we can to prepare for these devastating events.”

Senator Gary C. Peters, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management
“In June, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding that devastated several counties in mid-Michigan. I am grateful to our federal, state, and local first responders who had protocols in place and were resilient in their response efforts. However, this flooding served as an important reminder that disasters can happen suddenly and without much advance warning. Having a response plan in place before disaster strikes can mitigate costs and - most importantly - ensure that you, your family, and neighbors are both prepared and safe. I encourage Michiganders and all Americans to develop and practice a plan so that you can be ready in case of emergencies.”

U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Michael McCaul, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
“Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. This National Preparedness Month, I encourage all individuals, families, and communities to take proactive steps to prepare for a disaster. Make an emergency kit and plan. Download the FEMA App and follow your local emergency response officials. If you see something, say something. Working together, we can ensure our communities are well prepared.”

Representative Bill Shuster, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
“Every year, disaster affects families and individuals across every community in America. I am honored to participate in the National Preparedness Month as a Congressional Co-Chair this year. We must help promote the importance of preparing for the next disaster without any notice to ensure the safety of each American is a top priority.”

Representative Bennie Thompson, Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security
“Ten years ago, Congress passed the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.  As a result of the policies and programs put in place under that law, America is more secure and better prepared to respond to manmade and natural disasters than it was a decade ago.  But, as we witness the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey on the people of Houston, we are reminded that our work is never done.  We have made important improvements to critical capabilities, such as emergency communications, but as climate change continues to bring with it more frequent, more severe weather, we must act more aggressively to maintain a robust preparedness posture and implement meaningful mitigation strategies.  This National Preparedness Month, I urge government officials at the Federal, State, and local level and the public alike to prioritize preparedness efforts and to act proactively to anticipate the evolving threats they face and how to protect their communities.”

Representative John Carter, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security
“September is National Preparedness Month, and in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the importance of ensuring our communities and families are prepared for an emergency or disaster is at the forefront of our minds. Please continue to educate yourself on the importance of creating and practicing an emergency plan.”

Representative Dan Donovan, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
“September is National Preparedness Month.  As we commemorate the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and approach the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, please take some time this month to make an emergency kit and plan for your family.  Remember: Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can!”

Representative Lou Barletta, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
“Once again, I am honored to serve as a Congressional Co-Chair of National Preparedness Month. As Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I cannot stress enough to families and individuals across the country the importance of creating, reviewing and implementing emergency action plans in advance of a disaster. Preparation is vital to saving lives, protecting families, and helping our communities recover after a disaster.”

Representative Lamar Smith, Chairman, Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, Subcommittee on Research & Technology
“I hope my fellow Texans and all Americans will take the time to create an emergency plan. Disasters and extreme weather events sometimes arrive with minimal warning, and having an emergency plan in place can help individuals and families stay safe when they occur. Please join me and my colleagues in this effort to increase preparedness, protect families, and save lives.”

Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr., Ranking Member, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
“Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc along the East Coast five years ago, and particularly in my home State of New Jersey.  The recovery was hard and still continues today.  My heart breaks for the people of Houston whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Harvey, and I will do everything in my power to ensure the Federal government does its part to help them get back on their feet.  This National Preparedness Month, we must remember that effective preparedness activities make our communities resilient.  I am pleased that this year FEMA has identified a call to action for each week of September, and I urge people of all ages to get involved.  The people of Houston of shown that ordinary citizens can be an invaluable force multiplier for first responders and the disaster management community, so I encourage everyone to take this month learn how they can help protect themselves, their neighbors, and their communities when disaster strikes.”