[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8523--MAY 20, 2010

Proclamation 8523 of May 20, 2010
National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Each year during hurricane season, Americans living in our coastal and
inland communities face the danger of these powerful storms. From high
winds and storm surges to tornadoes and flooding, the hazards of
hurricanes can destroy communities and devastate lives, and we must
aggressively prepare our shores and protect our families.
During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, I urge individuals,
families, communities, and businesses to take time to plan for the storm
season before it begins. While hurricane forecasting has improved,
storms may still develop with little warning. For Americans in
hurricane-threatened areas, knowledge and preparation are pivotal to
ensure emergency readiness and responsiveness. The National Hurricane
Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well
as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, recommend taking several
important steps to ensure safety. These precautions include: devel-

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oping a family disaster plan; maintaining an emergency supply kit;
securing homes, businesses, and belongings; and learning evacuation
I urge those in hurricane-threatened areas to visit www.Hurricanes.gov/
Prepare to learn more about what they can do to protect themselves and
their property from hurricanes. Emergency preparation resources for
hurricanes and other natural disasters are also available at:
To help Americans meet the challenges of severe weather, my
Administration is focusing on preparedness and response--before, during,
and after hurricanes. We are improving accountability and coordination
between all levels of government, modernizing our emergency
communications, and empowering more families to prepare themselves.
Thanks to advancements in hurricane forecasting and tracking, the
National Hurricane Center is working to give citizens more notice before
impending storms. With the right planning and preparation, we can
safeguard lives, protect property, and enhance America's resilience to
national weather emergencies.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 23 through May 29,
2010, as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. I call upon all
Americans, especially those in hurricane-prone areas, to learn more
about protecting themselves against hurricanes and to work together to
respond to them.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of
May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.