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June 04, 2014

Ranking Member Thompson Marks Start of Hurricane Season

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement marking the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, which lasts until the end of November. He also released an emergency preparedness newsletter which will assist in preparing for the hurricane season.

The start of the 2014 Hurricane Season is the perfect time to focus on our level of preparedness at all levels of government and especially within our own homes. Though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicts average or below-average hurricane activity this season, we all have a responsibility to stay vigilant in our planning and preparation efforts – as we prepare for the worst but hope for the best. In recent years, Federal preparedness investments have reached new milestones, allowing for enhanced capabilities for first responders. Response teams continue to develop, practice, and execute effective emergency preparedness and response operations, in addition to helping communities make essential infrastructure improvements that will help mitigate the damage of future disasters. Gains achieved in recent years at State and local levels must not be lost; such efforts continue to pave the way for jurisdictions nationwide to better prepare for and respond to hurricanes and other disasters.


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