On Thursday, September 8, a proclamation was issued from the Executive Office of the President. This statement emphasizes the importance of recognizing National Preparedness Month throughout the month of September. Reflecting on past challenges faced by the U.S. including, the fifteenth anniversary of September 11 and the recent Louisiana flooding, President Obama urges the nation to join together in readying their communities in the face of future emergencies. Additionally, the President alludes to the important role played by state, local and tribal partners, including health departments, to prepare for and support communities going through a crisis. As a call to action, the President asks the country to participate in PrepareAthon as a “national day of action to spur preparedness efforts from coast to coast,” on September 30, 2016.
To read the full statement click here. For more information on National Preparedness Month, including PrepareAthon, and how your community’s local health department, Medical Reserve Corps Unit or other partners can participate and receive national recognition, read NACCHO’s feature blog post, here.