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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2004

Gov. Blagojevich proclaims September “Homeland Security Begins at Home Month”
Public Service Announcement encourages government, businesses and citizens to prepare for disasters

SPRINGFIELD – On the federally-proclaimed National Preparedness Day, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today urged Illinois citizens to develop preparedness plans so they will be prepared for any type of disaster, whether it be a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.  Gov. Blagojevich also issued a state proclamation naming September “Homeland Security Begins at Home Month.”

“The State of Illinois is aggressively preparing for emergency response on several levels, but citizens can and should take actions of their own to protect their businesses and themselves,” Gov. Blagojevich said.  “Today is National Preparedness Day, and to drive home how important it is for individuals to prepare, I proclaimed September as ‘Homeland Security Begins at Home Month.’”

In his proclamation, Gov. Blagojevich urged all state agencies, counties, cities, companies and citizens to develop preparedness plans and programs to respond to natural and man-made disasters that can affect the well-being of this state. 

In coordination with the Governor’s proclamation, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) is raising public awareness through a 30-second television public service announcement emphasizing the home preparedness theme. The ITTF also recently developed an informational brochure, “Together We Prepare,” with details on what families can do before and during a disaster.  The brochure and additional information is available on the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s website at www.state.il.us/iema or by contacting your local emergency management agency.

The Governor’s proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS,  our country is approaching the third anniversary of the tragic attacks of   September 11, 2001; and

WHEREAS,  as we remember this dark day in American history, it is important that we,   as a Nation and as a State, rededicate ourselves to securing our homeland   and our precious way of life; and

WHEREAS,  in accordance with our continued commitment to protecting this country,   the month of September 2004 has been designated National Preparedness   Month, and September 9, 2004 has been designated National Preparedness   Day; and

WHEREAS,  the outstanding Homeland Security efforts here in Illinois have been the   result of participation from all levels of government in all regions of   the state.  These efforts affect citizens from every walk of life and in   every community of Illinois; and

WHEREAS,  we have seen numerous examples in this state of how corporate and citizen   preparedness have saved lives.  Through security planning and disaster   protection training, Illinois is well equipped to deal with any future   threats to our homeland; and

WHEREAS,  in accordance with this proclamation, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force   will be releasing Public Service Announcements throughout the state titled   “Homeland Security Begins at Home.”  Additionally, the Illinois Emergency   Management Agency, and local emergency management agencies, are always   available to provide preparedness information and assistance to the people   of this state.

THEREFORE, I, Rod Blagojevich, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim September 2004 as HOMELAND SECURITY BEGINS AT HOME MONTH in Illinois, and urge all state agencies, counties, cities, companies and citizens to develop preparedness plans and programs to respond to natural and man-made disasters that can affect the well-being of this state.



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