Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, Deputy Administrator Rich Serino, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read and Florida Governor Rick Scott to discuss the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season outlook and preparedness measures with leadership of hurricane-prone states.
"We may not know exactly what Mother Nature will bring this year, but we are leaning forward in our preparations, utilizing the "Whole Community Approach'," said Secretary Napolitano. "As part of this approach, we are engaging the broadest possible set of partners in our preparedness efforts--integrating planning across federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments as well as with private sector, community, non-governmental, and faith-based partners."
Hurricane season begins June 1 and extends through November 30. Being aware of risks and hazards and taking the steps to prepare can reduce the impacts of hurricanes.
"Hurricane season officially begins today and yet we have already had two named storms," said FEMA Administrator Fugate. "When it comes to preparing for disasters, don't simply focus on the calendar focus on the need to be prepared. You can go to www.ready.gov and find all of the tools and information you need to prepare your home, business and family."
This season, we ask families, communities and businesses to be a force of nature by taking the pledge to prepare at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
For more information, visit www.ready.gov.