Did you know that you have a Federal family, comrade?
A news release from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelious announcing National Preparedness Month informs Americans highlights the use of a new phrase entering the lexicon: Federal family.
The statement reads in part:
While our federal family is becoming better prepared to support the nation, we know that being truly resilient requires the whole community coming together. Simply put: bystanders can’t stand by. We’ve seen countless times that bystanders are truly the first responders. They save lives. Each of us must be ready to help others when every minute counts.
While taking a first aid class or a CPR class is always helpful, we may not need formal training to save someone’s life or provide them with basic care they desperately need at that moment. Sometimes, we just need to be willing to help carry someone who is hurt to safety, provide comfort to someone who is frightened, or help someone find the medical care they need.
Being ready means being aware of potential risks, understanding where we can turn for help, and being prepared and willing to help our neighbors and community members. So I encourage everyone to talk with family, friends and neighbors and together think through what to do in an emergency. Find out who has special needs and requires a little extra help. As bystanders and neighbors, we can make a tremendous difference in the health of our families, our communities, and our nation.
According to CNS News, the phrase has turned up multiple times over the past few weeks.
David Heyman, an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, recently lauded the help of the Federal family in tornado relief efforts.
Richard Serino, the deputy administrator of FEMA, said the Boston Marathon bombing “was determined to be a high risk event. This determination resulted in enhanced attention to the event across the federal family…” recently.
And B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the BATF was “as close as you’re going to get to blue-collar law enforcement in the federal family” last month.
Just one big happy family…