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Press Conference Focuses on Emergency Preparedness
Press Release Date:  September 9, 2004

Joel Schrader
(502) 564-2081


Public event held as part of “National Preparedness Month”


Frankfort, Kentucky: Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and Homeland Security Director Erwin Roberts hosted a press conference today to kick off National Preparedness Month.  The National Guard began the ceremony by presenting the colors followed by Chaplain Tom Dillard singing the National Anthem. 


        After observing a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11, Lieutenant Governor Pence began his speech by noting that we can learn lessons from even the deepest tragedies.  Pence encouraged all citizens of the Commonwealth to volunteer in Citizens’ Corps and cited several examples of how members have made a difference in their community. 


       “During ‘National Preparedness Month,’ we welcome the opportunity to learn about ways to better protect ourselves and our families from all kinds of disasters, including natural disasters and man-made ones,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence.


       “Kentucky’s residents are safer today than they were before 9/11 because they are taking their responsibility to be prepared seriously,” said Director Roberts. By keeping an emergency preparedness kit at home, every citizen can rest assured they are prepared for any type of disaster.”


        Also participating in the ceremony, State Adjutant General Donald Storm cited the National Guard’s recently established Joint Operations Center and ongoing community education efforts by the state division of Emergency Management as, “critical to the success of the Commonwealth’s preparedness effort.”  Located at the Kentucky Guard’s headquarters in Frankfort, the joint operations center currently operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide communications, command and control for Guard personnel in support of civilian law enforcement and emergency management agencies tasked with responding to terrorist threats or natural disasters. 


       National Preparedness month was created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard Bureau, the American Red Cross, the America Prepared Campaign, the National Association of Broadcasters, the U.S. Department of Education and over 35 other national partners.  Citizens interested in learning more about how to prepare for a disaster can visit, or call the Office of Homeland Security at 502.564.2081 to learn more about Citizens Corps. 


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Last updated: Friday, September 10, 2004