May 30, 2012
Re: National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012
We are now in the midst of Hurricane Preparedness Week. In his Proclamation on this, President Obama noted, “Every year, hurricanes put communities at risk of catastrophic damage from storm surges, flooding, high winds, and tornadoes. During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, we rededicate ourselves to preventing loss of life and damage to property by raising awareness about hurricane hazards and taking action to protect our families, our homes, and our neighborhoods.
“My Administration is working hand-in-hand with communities and State and local officials to take necessary steps to prepare before storms strike. With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center, we continue to advance accurate tropical storm forecasting that gives individuals more time to get out of harm's way. And through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we are collaborating with partners across all levels of government and throughout the private and non-profit sectors to develop robust systems for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. By engaging voices not only at the State and national levels, but also within neighborhoods, we empower communities across America to identify their unique needs and existing resources that may be used to address them.
“A community-based approach to emergency management begins with an informed public. This week, I encourage all Americans living in areas that could be impacted by a hurricane to prepare by creating an emergency supply kit, learning evacuation routes, and developing a family communications plan to help ensure loved ones can find one another before and after a severe storm. If a hurricane is approaching, take shelter immediately, follow the directions of State and local officials, and evacuate if instructed. To learn more and find additional resources on how to prepare for and respond to severe weather, visit www.Ready.gov and www.Weather.gov.”
Additional Hurricane Preparedness information is available at the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/, and at the American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness Week page at http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.1a019a978f421296e81ec89e43181aa0/?vgnextoid=28595930cff77310VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD&vgnextchannel=23f28d5f8b6de110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD.
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management also maintains a thorough catalogue of preparedness information and resources on its webpage at http://www.ready.nj.gov/plan/hurricanes.html.
This might be a good week to share this information with your citizens. Forewarned in forearmed. And the sooner, the better. If you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or email@example.com.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.