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

PROCLAMATION 8549--AUG. 27, 2010

Proclamation 8549 of August 27, 2010
National Preparedness Month, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

During National Preparedness Month, we stress the importance of
strengthening the security and resiliency of our Nation through
systematic preparation for the full range of hazards threatening the
United States in the 21st century, including natural disasters, cyber

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pandemic disease, and acts of terrorism. This year marks the fifth
anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most tragic and destructive
disasters in American history. In remembrance of this national tragedy,
we must reaffirm our commitment to readiness and the necessity of
By empowering Americans with information about the risks we face, we can
all take concrete actions to protect ourselves, our families, our
communities, and our country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's
(FEMA) Ready Campaign provides simple and practical steps every American
can take to be better prepared. At the community level, Citizen Corps
enables volunteers to contribute to homeland security efforts by
educating, training, and coordinating local activities that help make us
safer, better prepared, and more responsive during emergencies. I
encourage all Americans to visit Ready.gov and CitizenCorps.gov for more
information and resources on emergency preparedness, including how to
prepare a family emergency plan, create an emergency supply kit, and get
involved in community preparedness efforts.
My Administration has made emergency and disaster preparedness a top
priority, and is dedicated to a comprehensive approach that relies upon
the responsiveness and cooperation of government at all levels, the
private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. I also encourage
Americans to get involved with the thousands of organizations in the
National Preparedness Month Coalition, which will share preparedness
information and hold preparedness events and activities across the
United States. By strengthening citizen preparedness now, we can be
ready when disaster strikes.
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 September 2010 as
National Preparedness Month. I encourage all Americans to recognize the
importance of preparedness and observe this month by working together to
enhance our national security, resilience, and readiness.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day
of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-