During National Preparedness Month, my Administration recommits to preparing our Nation for disasters, both natural and man-made, and especially the extreme weather events that we face with increasing frequency and ferocity. We also continue our efforts to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to keep themselves and their families safe.
Every part of this Nation faces the threat of disasters, and while many emergencies are unpredictable, we know that the most vulnerable among us often bear the most significant impacts. When extreme weather destroys homes, families with less savings are more prone to housing insecurity. When pandemics strike, people who don’t have access to health care are more likely to get sick or face financial hardship. For the future of all Americans, my Administration is committed to strengthening our disaster resilience and continuing our strong partnerships with state, local, tribal and territorial leaders.
Our work begins by addressing the climate crisis. We know that wildfires are fueled by prolonged droughts, that storm surges and coastal flooding are exacerbated by rising sea levels, and that extreme heat threatens our power grids and national security. That’s why my Administration has invested billions of dollars in clean energy, secured funding for thousands of new climate-friendly jobs, and supported enhanced wildfire preparedness and forest restoration efforts. This summer, I signed the Reduce Inflation Act, a landmark law that will reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 percent through investments in renewable energy and low-carbon technologies and also help communities cope with long-term drought. And demonstrating our commitment to global leadership, we rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement and pledged to support developing nations in their campaigns to combat climate change. By addressing climate challenges today, we can minimize the risk of natural disasters tomorrow.
My Administration has also taken steps to ensure that our roads, bridges, buildings, and energy sector infrastructure are more resilient to future natural and man-made disasters. Last year, I signed a once-in-a-generation infrastructure law to modernize our power grid, protect against cyberattacks, and renovate our ports, airports, and charging infrastructure. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act invests more than $50 billion to protect against drought, heat and flooding and includes funding to weatherize American homes. It also supports Army Corps of Engineers projects across the country, which will reduce the risks of coastal and inland flooding. Through our Justice40 Initiative, we are working to ensure that 40 percent of the overall profits from these historic investments reach communities that are marginalized, underserved, and burdened by pollution.
Additionally, we are investing in more resilient US supply chains so that we are less dependent on foreign countries for the critical technologies we need. In August, I signed the CHIPS and Science Act to speed up semiconductor manufacturing in the United States and help prevent economic disaster when disruptions occur in global supply chains.
As we continue our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other pathogens, my Administration prepares for the emergence of future natural, accidental, and deliberate biological threats. We must be prepared to prevent these catastrophes and treat pandemic preparedness, health security, and global health as top national security priorities. That’s why I’m calling for significant funding from Congress to help us develop new vaccine technologies, accurate and affordable diagnostics, effective therapies, and next-generation personal protective equipment. We also need federal funding to enhance partner nation capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats around the world.
Preparedness is a collective effort that requires all of government and the communities we represent to work together. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is helping prepare the Nation by hiring, training, qualifying and retaining a ready workforce that is available to deploy to support disaster survivors around the world. the country. By training emergency managers at all levels of government, FEMA is better equipping our country to respond quickly and support all Americans.
During this National Preparedness Month, let’s strengthen our support for first responders, our first line of defense when disasters threaten our homes, businesses, schools and families. Let us recommit to doing our part to prepare for emergencies. I encourage all Americans to download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts, turn on wireless emergency alerts on mobile phones, and pack go-bags. Everyone can access free preparedness information at Ready.gov or Listo.gov for Spanish speakers. Together, we can be prepared for any disaster that lies ahead.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2022 as Month National Preparation. I encourage all Americans to recognize the importance of preparedness and work together to improve our resilience and preparedness.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereby sign this August thirty-first of the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-two, and the two hundred and forty-seventh of the Independence of the United States of America.
JOSE R. BIDEN JR.