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A message from Headwater’s Senior Advisor and Chairman

LT. General Russel L Honré
Courtesy Rob Carr, AP

New Missions: Headwater and a Culture of Preparedness

LT. General Russel L. Honoré (USA ret), was widely hailed by the media as the “Category 5 General” who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. General Honoré is the Senior Advisor and Chairman of Headwater and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization where he is working on developing questions to determine levels of preparedness. He is also a CNN Preparedness Contributor. Here, he talks about his next mission, at Headwater.

After more than 37 years of uniform service to our nation, I will spend the second half of my life committed to a new mission: Creating a “Culture of Preparedness” in America. Every effort I take, especially the work of Headwater, as well as my lectures, fund-raisers, and books I have written and will write, will be committed to this cause.

The urgent need for this movement is one of the lessons I learned through personal experiences during my years in the Army. The U.S. had a Culture of Preparedness during the 1960s, when every home, government agency, and institution did something to prepare in the event of a nuclear attack from the former Soviet bloc. Once the perception of a nuclear threat was gone, we abandoned our readiness.

During this post-9/11 and Hurricane Katrina era, there has been more emphasis placed on government/FEMA preparedness, but the vast majority of Americans have not grabbed onto the need to be prepared at home and at work for potential disasters. One of the harshest lessons learned from recent disasters, especially Katrina, is that you are your own first responder.

The heartbreaking situation in Haiti sadly demonstrates preparedness is a worldwide problem. Headwater will continually work to advance the “culture of preparedness” and as Senior Advisor, I will tirelessly advance our efforts to make nations, governments, organizations, hospitals, businesses, and individuals better prepared for inevitable disasters.

Sincerely,

Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (USA ret)

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