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Strategy irony: Obama declares 'National Preparedness Month,' 'PrepareAthon'

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President Obama admits to not having a strategy to deal with the terrorist crisis in Syria and appears stymied in stopping Russia’s drive into Ukraine, but that doesn’t mean Americans are off the hook for preparing their own disaster strategy.

On Friday, the president declared September “National Preparedness Month,” a time when he wants the nation to set their own strategy for dealing with a killer crisis — like climate change.

“Emergencies — from hurricanes and wildfires to cyber and terrorist attacks — can strike anywhere at any time. Americans should be familiar with local threats and hazards and take steps to reduce their devastating impacts. Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit well in advance and have a plan to reconnect after a tragedy,” said the proclamation.

He also announced an “America’s PrepareAthon!” drill for September 30 for Americans to show they are ready for the worst.

“When and where emergencies occur are beyond our control — but how we prepare and how we respond are up to us,” said Obama.

“Let us resolve to be ready for any crisis and work to inspire a new generation of Americans, vested with the knowledge and experience to protect themselves, their families, and their communities in the face of any challenge,” he added.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.