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September 01, 2022

Chairs Thompson and Demings Mark Start of National Preparedness Month

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the start of National Preparedness Month was marked by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Both will serve as National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chairs this year.

“Climate change continues to worsen weather patterns across the country. In Jackson, Mississippi we are currently facing a water crisis exacerbated by extreme flooding with the third-highest crest on record,” said Chairman Thompson. “It is imperative that we focus on preparing communities for disasters. Every year, National Preparedness Month serves as an opportunity to ensure all Americans have the means to protect their legacy and the lives they have built for themselves and their families. I am proud to serve as a Co-Chair of the 2022 National Preparedness Month, and I look forward to working alongside FEMA to promote equitable preparedness and ensure that every community has the tools they need to be prepared for any disaster and the continued threat of climate change.”

“This National Preparedness Month, I encourage everyone to make sure you and your family are safe and ready when a disaster hits,” said Congresswoman Demings. “In Florida, we know that smart planning for disasters means increased safety during storms and greater community resilience. I will continue my work in Congress to make sure that state and local emergency managers, FEMA staff, and first responders have the tools, training, and expertise that they need to keep us safe. Let’s work together to be prepared.”

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