FEMA appreciates the support of the Members of Congress who are serving as 2019 co-sponsors for National Preparedness Month. Throughout September, the FEMA Bulletin will feature statements from these members.
Representative Maxine Waters, Chairwoman, Committee on Financial Services
“As natural disasters continue to increase in frequency and severity, American families must be prepared not only to protect their physical health and safety, but their financial well-being. As Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, I am committed to ensuring that families and businesses are well-equipped for the devastating economic, physical, and social impact of natural disasters as I continue to push for a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP provides homeowners, businesses, renters, and communities with the certainty they deserve, and I’m pleased to participate as a 2019 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair to raise awareness of the importance of flood insurance and other forms of emergency and disaster preparedness.”
Representative Sam Graves, Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
“As my own district in Missouri continues to recover from devastating flooding from earlier this year, now is the perfect time to remind everyone across the Nation that no community is completely immune to disaster of one kind or another. Being prepared for floods, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or even acts of terrorism can save money, save property, and most importantly, save lives.”
Senator Gary C. Peters, Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
“Over the past few years, Michiganders have seen the tremendous cost of extreme weather and flooding caused in part by climate change,” said Senator Peters. “National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that we must be prepared for emergencies and make investments that will help reduce the toll that disasters take on our communities and families. As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I’m proud to join FEMA in urging families in Michigan and across the country to ensure everyone stays safe when disaster strikes.”