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File #: 21-764    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Special Order of Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/14/2021 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 8/24/2021 Final action:
Title: Proclamation of September 2021 as Community Preparedness Month
Attachments: 1. Community Preparedness Month Proclamation
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Proclamation of September 2021 as Community Preparedness Month

Enhance Community Engagement and Transparency

National Preparedness Month was launched in 2004 as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsored Ready Campaign in an effort to strengthen our country's preparedness capabilities. The national preparedness architecture encompasses prevention, protection, response, and recovery efforts to prepare the United States for all hazards, whether terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Government has taken steps to encourage all citizens to make their own safety preparations. September was chosen as National Preparedness Month, as the tragedies of September 11, 2001 highlighted to the nation the importance of being prepared. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy.

Since its inception, National Preparedness Month has encouraged individuals, families, and communities to take part in practicing preparedness steps, having knowledge about various emergencies that may affect them, and taking steps and getting trained in preparedness and response efforts.

National Preparedness Month falls in September each year and emphasizes the need for each community in our nation to be prepared. This year's National Preparedness Month theme is "Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love." As we continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also realize the need to remain prepared for all disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and the potential for a Public Safety Power Shutoff due to wildland fires. The City of Santa Clara is committed to supporting National Preparedness Month, realizing the importance of being prepared for all hazards. For more information, visit the City of Santa Clara Emergency Preparedness website and register for Alert SCC, Santa Clara County's emergency alert and wa...

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