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DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Statement On The Kickoff Of National Preparedness Month

Release Date: 
September 1, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
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President Trump Has Designated September 2017 As National Preparedness Month

WASHINGTON - Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today released the following statement on the kickoff of National Preparedness Month:

"Hurricane Harvey has reminded each of us that disasters can change our lives and our communities in an instant. Whether it’s a hurricane, a tornado, an earthquake, or a terrorist attack, knowing what to do when disaster strikes can be a matter of survival for you and your family. President Trump has proclaimed September 2017 as National Preparedness Month, and I encourage all Americans to participate. This year’s theme is 'Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.' Everyone’s preparedness plans are a bit different, based on where you live, what kind of disasters are likely to affect you, and what types of care your family may need. Disasters can be overwhelming to think about, but don’t wait until it’s too late to ask yourself hard questions, and come up with good answers. Visit, which can help you create an emergency plan that fits your family and unique circumstances best. Once you’ve made a plan, practice it. When disaster strikes, you may only have a few minutes to react, so make sure everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go. You can’t replace your loved ones. But you can help keep them safe by planning ahead. is a great place to start."

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Last Published Date: August 14, 2018
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