Preparedness: Part I and II, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, October 1 and 27, 2009 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the October 1 opening statement of Henry Cuellar: "Today's hearing kicks off a series of hearings this subcommittee will conduct on National preparedness. Our focus this morning is on the state of the citizen community preparedness. We want to better understand FEMA's [Federal Emergency Management Agency] initiatives for promoting individual readiness. As you know, a recent FEMA survey reveals that we have a long way to go in preparing individuals for an emergency. While slightly more than half of the survey's respondents have set aside supplies in case of a disaster, only 44 percent reported having an emergency household plan. Just 38 percent reported a familiarity with their local resources of public safety information. Concerning to us, also, is that despite FEMA's best efforts to boost community preparedness since 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, citizen awareness on the importance of preparing is virtually unchanged for the last 2 years. We must close these gaps." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry Cuellar, Representative; Mike Rogers, Representative; Laura Richardson, Representative; Timothy W. Manning, Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security; William O. Jenkins, Jr., Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office; Wendy L. Smith, Assistant City Manager, McAllen, Texas; Suzanne C. DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Red Cross; Kathy B. Crandall, Director, Office of Homeland Security & Justice Programs, Columbus Urban Area, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Franklin County, Ohio; David Maxwell, Director & Homeland Security Advisor, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management; National Governors Association; National Emergency Management Association; and Marc Pearl, President & CEO [Chief Executive Officer], Homeland Security and Business Defense Council.
Serial No. 111-38
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