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Sep 06, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications and a 2016 National Preparedness Month Congressional Co-Chair, issued the following statement marking National Preparedness Month:

“September is National Preparedness Month, and it serves as a call to action to make sure our communities are prepared for the disasters they are most likely to face. As we undertake preparedness efforts, we must ensure that our actions account for the most vulnerable among us. Every day during the work week, 69 million children are separated from their parents. This September, as children return to school, parents, teachers, and school districts should work together to ensure that every school and childcare facility has an emergency plan in place and to conduct an emergency response drill. I also encourage families to develop reunification plans and emergency contact cards so that both parents and children know how to reconnect and who to contact when families are apart when disaster strikes. For my part, I will redouble my efforts to ensure that the unique needs of children are considered in the emergency planning process and that schools have access to the resources necessary to remain secure in the wake of manmade and natural disasters. If we work together, we can make our communities better prepared and more resilient.”