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González Colón named a co-chair of National Preparedness Month

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón has been named a National Preparedness Month 2021 congressional co-chair by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA on Thursday announced the co-chairs selected from among members of the U.S. Congress -- 12 from the House of Representatives and two from the Senate.

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual celebration to remind everyone how important it is for individuals, families, and communities to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that can strike at any time. This year the motto is “Prepare to Protect.”

“FEMA is honored to announce the co-chairs of this year’s Congress,” reads the agency’s statement. “We welcome your collaboration in this mission and appreciate your commitment to promoting preparedness across the country and in your districts. With your support, we can build a nation that is more resistant to future disasters.”

González Colón noted that “[b]eing prepared to face any emergency is vital and more pertinent than ever.”

“For the past five years, Puerto Rico has had to deal with hurricanes, seismic activity, and now we are in the middle of a pandemic. We have had to adjust our plans and improve our level of preparedness,” the resident commissioner said. “That’s why National Preparedness Month, this September, is more critical than ever -- it’s time to make sure you and your family are prepared to face and handle the risks, challenges as they occur. As a congressional co-chair of National Preparedness Month, I urge everyone to have an up-to-date emergency plan so that they are ready when an emergency occurs.”

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