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Voices of Power: Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009; 3:39 PM

Chapter One: Preparedness

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MS. ROMANO: Okay. Welcome, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and former Governor of Arizona.

SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: Yes.

0:00:05 MS. ROMANO: Thanks for joining us today.

SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: Thank you.

MS. ROMANO: This week is the eighth anniversary of 9/11. Are we safe as a nation now?

SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: Yes. And what I mean by "safe" is, are we taking all the precautions we can think of to do against another attack? Yes. Are we safer than we were prior to 9/11? Absolutely.

Can there still be an attack that takes place on our soil through whatever means--and we can't put the United States under a big, glass dome. It doesn't work that way.

So, we do everything we can to reduce risk.

MS. ROMANO: How prepared are we as a citizenry for a catastrophe?

SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: Well, probably not as prepared as we could be, and that is why this month, which just happens to be National Preparedness Month, we are really sending out the message about shared responsibility for individuals, it's, have a plan; make a kit; get some of your training updated, or get some training if you haven't had any before; go to ready.gov, which is our website, which has some pretty straightforward things that individuals and families can do.


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