House Passes Diaz-Balart Hurricane Preparedness Resolution
WASHINGTON, DC—Today the House passed H. Res. 387, a resolution introduced by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), encouraging hurricane awareness and preparedness and supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Preparedness Week, taking place May 24th-30th. The 2009 hurricane season begins on Monday, June 1st.
“With hurricane season fast approaching, I am pleased that my colleagues have once again joined me in supporting this important resolution highlighting the need to be prepared for the possibility of a hurricane hitting our shores,” said Diaz-Balart. “The threat of a hurricane cannot be taken lightly and although I remain hopeful that our communities will be spared from the tragedy of a storm, all residents in coastal regions must nonetheless take proper measures to prepare our families and secure our homes.”
The resolution urges Americans to be aware of the potential risks posed by hurricanes and to take action in preparing for the fast-approaching 2009 season. It also supports the goals and ideals of National Hurricane Preparedness Week and recognizes the outstanding work of staff at NOAA, including those at the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, in predicting hurricanes and preparing the community.
The House passed similar legislation introduced by Diaz-Balart last Congress. This year, 29 Members of Congress joined him as co-sponsors of the bill. To watch Diaz-Balart debate the resolution on the House floor, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWvFk5PcWS0