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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What's Our Plan?

We’ve harped on it for 29 days - September is National Preparedness Month. We’ve directed you to ready.gov, provided tips on how to be prepared and stay informed, and asked you more than once to cough into your sleeve.

No one likes to spend that much time thinking about what could happen – be it a natural disaster or otherwise – but the steps you take to prepare for the unthinkable can make the difference for your place of business, your school, and especially your home. And, it’s the American way: being ready and resilient has helped our nation surmount its biggest challenges for two centuries.

So as National Preparedness Month comes to a close, the Secretary has one more request of you: ask a question. Stand up at school, or at work, or at home, and ask, “What’s our plan?”

The Secretary will deliver a speech at The American Red Cross National Headquarters this afternoon at 2:15 PM EDT on preparedness, and wants to make one final pitch to the American public during the month of September. Bring it up the next time you attend a meeting at your child’s high school, or at church, or around the dinner table. This is a shared responsibility, and we all have a role to play in building a culture where these questions, and this dialogue, are commonplace.

Watch the speech LIVE at http://www.dhs.gov/ starting at 2:15 PM EDT.

Then visit ready.gov to learn more.

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  • At September 29, 2009 11:48 AM , Anonymous Wendy Harman said...

    Looking forward to hosting you! We can be *pretty* sure everyone present will be properly sneezing and coughing in Red Cross Square today.

  • At September 29, 2009 2:17 PM , Blogger Randall "Doc" Fleck said...

    Plan..? Yes. A plan would be nice.

    But let's remember that The American Red Cross didn't act quite honestly following 911... It spent a great effort to collect donations "to help the victims of 911 and their families" but then did its very best to pocket as much of those donations as possible rather than apply them to their intended purpose.

    Make honesty a part of the plan, okay?


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