Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring September 2018 as “National Preparedness Month” in the State of California.
In the coming weeks and months, Californians will commemorate the anniversaries of some of the worst disasters in living memory, including the attacks of September 11th and the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes. Given the hazardous world we inhabit, the next emergency is always just around the corner, and preparedness can mean the difference between inconvenience and tragedy.
Last year California experienced some of the most destructive and deadly wildfires in state history and already this year, record infernos have raged well before the traditional peak of wildfire season. As we grapple with the impact of extreme weather and respond to these ongoing emergencies, there has never been a better moment to reflect and act on the need for disaster preparedness.
For more than a decade, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month as part of an effort to encourage personal preparedness for emergencies. During that time the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, other state and local agencies, businesses and community organizations in California have supported the effort by conducting preparedness fairs and other events to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of being prepared.
I urge all Californians to continue their vigilance and increase their efforts to make our families, communities and entire nation better prepared for disasters.
NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim September 2018, as “National Preparedness Month.”
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 7th day of September 2018.
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California
Secretary of State