P R O C L A M A T I O N
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
WHEREAS, National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September; and
WHEREAS, the goal of the eighth annual National Preparedness Month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action; and
WHEREAS, no community is truly prepared for a disaster until every individual, family and business takes personal responsibility for preparedness; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through its Ready campaign and Citizens Corps program, works with a wide variety of organizations, including local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation; and
WHEREAS, all Americans need to take some simple steps to prepare for emergencies, including making a family emergency plan, getting an emergency supply kit, being informed about local threats and getting involved in preparing their communities; and
WHEREAS, the flooding, record and near-record snowfall, straight-line winds and tornadoes that affected both Kansas and Douglas County in 2011, illustrate the potential devastation to communities and highlight the importance of preplanning disaster response and sheltering operations;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, proclaims the month of September, 2011 to be
"National Preparedness Month"
in Douglas County and encourages citizens of Douglas County to join with citizens across the nation to ensure a community of citizens who are disaster aware and disaster prepared.
ADOPTED this 31st day of August, 2011.