Congress: Chronically Unprepared for National Preparedness Month
Last year, a resolution declaring September 2012 to be “National Preparedness Month” for fighting the War on Terror wasn’t introduced until halfway through September. It didn’t pass the Senate until September 22. In 2010, a resolution declaring National Preparedness Month wasn’t introduced until September 15. The text of the “National Preparedness Month” resolution of 2007 “encourages the Department of Homeland Security, localities, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, other entities, and the people of the United States to observe National Preparedness Month with appropriate events and activities to promote public emergency preparedness for acts of terrorism,” although it’s hard to figure out how these events and activities could be organized in time for September 2007, considering that the encouraging bill wasn’t introduced until September 24. The bill declaring “National Preparedness Month” in 2007 never passed. Was that an especially poorly prepared year? Not really, considering that in 2008, 2009 and 2011 nobody bothered to introduce any bill declaring “National Preparedness Month” at all.
Here we are in July 2013, two months before the sporadic occurrence of National Preparedness Month, and nobody in Congress has gotten around to drafting legislation that would make it happen. Will someone rush the bill through at the last minute, as in 2007, 2010 and 2012, or will the effort be entirely forgotten as in previous years? The suspense is… oh, look, a squirrel.