A Proclamation

WHEREAS, since September 11, 2001, our Homeland Security Advisory System that monitors the risk of terrorist attacks in our nation has been raised to “high” on four separate occasions, and while we are fortunate that no terrorist acts have occurred during those periods, it is critical that all Americans and residents in Mississippi remain vigilant, prepared and ready to deter terrorist attacks; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross in Mississippi has devoted itself to that goal—educating individuals, families, schools and businesses in the our local communities about what they can do at each threat level of the federal alert system to strengthen our community’s response in the event of future attacks and other disasters; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross has an unparalleled record of helping the residents of Mississippi prevent, prepare for, and respond to life-threatening emergencies by delivering relief services to victims of disaster; offering health and safety training such as first aid, CPR and aquatic lifesaving, to more than 65,000 people last year, providing emergency communication services to 8,500 military families, participating in international humanitarian projects that save lives, and community services to 39,900 individuals in Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, in the last two years, the face of disaster has changed dramatically—from the 2001 terrorist attacks and the elevated threat of future acts, to armed conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq and the increasing severity of natural disasters, the Red Cross understands more than most that America, and the residents in Mississippi need to be better prepared; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross also serves military families by delivering emergency messages between soldiers and their families back home, support that has been especially important with U.S. troops deployed overseas in combat defending freedom; and

WHEREAS, in addition, Red Cross workers at home and overseas provide critical aid to the victims of disease, famine, war and natural disasters, including an effort last year to vaccinate nearly 43 million African children against the childhood killer measles and a continuing program to aid families in war-torn Afghanistan with clean water, tents, school supplies and other necessities:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim the month of March, as


in the State of Mississippi and urge all residents and citizens of the state to work through the American Red Cross to help prepare their families and this community for emergencies, imploring them to continue giving their time, financial contributions and blood donations to support this worthy organization’s mission to prevent and relieve suffering and to save lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.

DONE in the City of Jackson, on the twenty-fifth day of March in the year of our Lord, two thousand and four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and twenty-eighth.



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