Office of Homeland Security
Governor Beshear Proclaims September As Preparedness Month in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear, stressing the need for Kentuckians to understand the importance of emergency preparedness, proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in the Commonwealth.
In the past year the state experienced a devastating windstorm, a deadly ice storm, and dangerous flooding in urban and rural areas, which serve as reminders that citizens need to be prepared for unexpected perils.
The Governor, in the proclamation, noted that individuals “can prepare themselves and their families for emergencies by taking simple steps such as organizing an emergency supply kit, making a personal preparedness plan, becoming informed about different threats, and getting involved in preparing their community.”
The proclamation praised first responders including police officers, firefighters and emergency-service personnel “who put themselves at risk for the safety of their fellow citizens” as well as “exemplify the compassion and commitment that help strengthen our Commonwealth and our country.”
He urged citizens to get involved in their community’s preparedness efforts and to be aware of potential natural and manmade threats or hazards.
“In view of reported current security concerns, which are quite valid, Governor Beshear’s proclamation and our varied activities throughout National Preparedness Month could not come at a more appropriate time,” said Thomas L. Preston, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.
Preparedness Month Proclamation [pdf 85k]