National Preparedness Month is this September. According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is an effort to “encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.”
“Every American has a personal responsibility to ensure that their family is prepared for the unexpected,” said Undersecretary for Preparedness George Foresman. “Through this effort, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Preparedness Month Coalition will encourage all Americans to be ready before emergencies happen.”
And you won’t believe the sorts of activities they have planned.
So what exactly is the department planning?
Among other things, promoting responsible dog ownership.
An e-mail sent from the Citizen Corps to state coordinators says that “112 national organizations and more than 198 regional, state and local groups have joined this important effort.”
But the recruiting for this “non-event,” as homeland security strategist W. David Stephenson called it, is running a bit slow this month. “There are currently 49 events planned for National Preparedness Month,” the e-mail continued. “Last year we had over 430 events, so let’s get those numbers up!”
One such event is the Farmers’ Market Concert Series in Uniontown, Pa.
And another is the American Kennel Club’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day.
“We encourage you to hold a community event that publicly promotes responsible dog ownership during the month of September,” the Citizen Corps e-mail said. And if you do, you “will receive a resource-filled packet including posters, balloons, brochures, sample press releases and other materials to assist you in ensuring your event’s success.”
Hat tip to William Arkin of the Washington Post, who called Homeland Security “the most useless and hopeless entity of the United States government.”
“Your tax dollars at work,” he wrote. If only this could be called work.