by Nick Delgado
Guam - As the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, Governor Eddie Calvo signed a proclamation this morning declaring September as National Preparedness Month. The month will focus on the theme "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare", whereas Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, FEMA and the Ready Campaign urge communities to remember this month of the disaster from our past and prepare for the disasters of our future.
Homeland Security Advisor Jim McDonald says there are several activities lined up that will help the community become prepared during natural and manmade disasters. "This is why the Office of Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense prepares officials with training on the latest health and safety threats along with improvements and changes to emergency response preparedness plans and techniques," he said.
The governor also signed an executive order establishing the Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Task Force. The task force includes directors of more than 20 government agencies and will address measures including a community campaign to prepare the community and protect public health in the event of a pandemic.
The task force has until October 30 to provide the governor information on Guam's plans.