Saving Lives and Money through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Programs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 30, 2008 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Eleanor Holmes Norton: "Today's hearing will focus on the reauthorization of the Predisaster Mitigation Program authorized by section 203 of the Stafford Act, which is due to sunset on September 30th of this year. The Predisaster Mitigation Program was first authorized by this Committee in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The title of today's hearing, Saving Lives and Money Through the Predisaster Mitigation Program, perfectly describes a program that saves far more than is invested. The Predisaster Mitigation Program is a companion for the Postdisaster Hazards Grant Mitigation Program, also authorized by this Committee in section 404 of the Stafford Act. The vast predominance of disasters in the country, of course, are from natural disasters. Examples of mitigation for such disasters include elevating or buying out structures in a floodplain and strengthening buildings to better withstand earthquakes or hurricanes. This program provides cost-effective technical and financial assistance to State and local governments to reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage to property that might otherwise be caused by natural disasters." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. Bohlmann, David I. Maurstad, James Mullen, Brent Woodworth, Jason Altmire, Eleanor Holmes Norton, James L. Oberstar, and Betty Knight.
Serial No. 110-122
Government Printing Office, Congressional Hearings: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/index.html