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07/21/2010
TRANSCAER® Shares FEMA's Commitment to Preparedness

TRANSCAER® Shares FEMA’s Commitment to Preparedness

In the past few years, FEMA has made a commitment to work more closely with the U.S. private sector, and that commitment is even stronger now under Administrator Craig Fugate, who tells almost every group he speaks to: "FEMA is only one part of the nation's emergency management team. All levels of government, the private sector, non-profits and the public need to be on the same page. The U.S. private sector is a critical part of the team.”

This September, TRANSCAER® along with countless other organizations and citizens from across the nation will come together for the seventh annual National Preparedness Month event, which is designed to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. 

We are asking your organization to consider joining the National Preparedness Month (NPM) Coalition and to send a message to your customers, employees, members and all your stakeholders about the importance of being prepared for emergencies, whether that emergency be three days without electricity, or a major disaster striking your community and damaging your home or workplace.   Last year, 2,700 organizations took part in the Coalition. You can register today by visiting http://ready.adcouncil.org .

As another example of public and private sector working together, on July 1st, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting between U.S. business leaders and senior DHS and FEMA officials on the topic of national preparedness, to inform the federal Preparedness Task Force.  The task force was formed at the direction of Congress this year to make recommendations on evaluating and changing the nation’s emergency preparedness policies, grants and capabilities.   We encourage you to help shape the results of that effort by submitting substantive written recommendations to http://www.fema.gov/preparednesstaskforce/get_involved.shtm

We hope you will work with us on any or all of these efforts, because our nation’s citizens are better served, and the survivors of disasters in our communities are better able to recover and restore their lives, when public sector and private sector representatives are literally and substantively teamed in our efforts.

For additional information about FEMA’s National Preparedness Month, email: FEMA-Private-Sector@fema.gov. For information about TRANSCAER, contact Donna Lepik, dlepik@transcaer.com

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