National Hurricane Preparedness Week Highlights Readiness

May 20-26 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week this year. President Bush's proclamation of the event calls on government agencies, private organizations, schools, and the media to share information about hurricane preparedness. "I also urge all Americans living in vulnerable coastal areas of our Nation to take appropriate measures and precautions to protect themselves against the effects of hurricanes," it says.

The proclamation advises families in hurricane-prone areas to prepare a family disaster plan, create a disaster supply kit, and stay aware of current weather situations. And the president thanks volunteers and first responders "who stand ready to help their neighbors in need."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are top agencies offering information about hurricane preparedness. Disaster readiness information is available at ready.gov and fema.gov.

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