(Washington, DC) Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month, which promotes the importance of individual planning for unexpected disasters. Ranking Member Frank Lucas of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Co-Chair of National Preparedness Month, released the following statement in support of these efforts:


“We all know the terrible consequences of natural disasters and weather emergencies, which include everything from tornadoes in my home state of Oklahoma, to hurricanes on the east coast, to wildfires in western states. One way we can help save lives is to improve our weather forecasting abilities to give families and businesses earlier, more accurate, and more precise warnings. While we can and should work to improve this technology, it’s equally important that people know how to protect themselves and their families before emergencies strike. Having a plan ahead of time saves lives, and families that already have a plan in place should update it given new circumstances working or learning from home. I’m proud to co-chair FEMA’s National Preparedness Month and help Americans stay safe during emergencies."