Emergency Preparedness Takes Center Stage

President Obama proclaimed May 24-May 30 as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. He called upon government agencies, private organizations, media, community groups, schools, and residents of hurricane-prone areas to share information about hurricane preparedness and response to help protect communities and save lives. Hurricane Katrina taught lessons to all of these entities on the importance of disaster plans and collaboration and communication.

“Awareness and preparation are critical to surviving and recovering from hurricanes. During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, I call on all Americans — including private citizens and those working in government, business, and the nonprofit sector — to plan ahead and help secure the safety and property of those who face advancing storms,” said President Obama in a written proclamation.

Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (Ret.) is scheduled to address STN EXPO attendees on this very topic during a keynote speech on July 27 during a breakfast sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation and Allison Transmission. Read our May 2009 article on him, his experiences with Hurricane Katrina and his keynote speech this summer.