Leveraging the Private Sector to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness and Response, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, July 19, 2007 [open pdf - 245KB]
From the opening statement of Henry Cuellar: "The [private] sector owns approximately 85% of the Nation's critical infrastructure and has been working closely with the Department in the development of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Given its role in protecting critical infrastructure, the private sector can greatly support our country in times of crisis. While the Department has been working to improve its ability to coordinate efficiently during disasters, the subcommittee wants to ensure that it is truly incorporating best practices to enhance its preparedness. [...] The subcommittee wants to hear what the Department is doing to address the following areas that are important to the response and recovery process: logistics, donation management, credentialing of private sector officials and standards to create business continuity in the private sector. By strengthening public and private partnerships we can assure our communities that emergency preparedness and response at the local, State, and federal levels will be efficient and effective when a major disaster, terrorist attack, or other emergency takes place." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Henry Cuellar, Charles W. Dent, Donna M. Christensen, Marko Bourne, Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, Jr., Barry Dinvaut, Sr., J. Michael Hickey, and John Howard.
Serial No. 110-57
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