Military's Role in Disaster Response: Progress Since Hurricane Katrina, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, July 19, 2007 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of Chairman Joe Lieberman: "Almost 2 years ago, Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed a governmental emergency response system that was shockingly underprepared. Most local, State, and Federal emergency agencies--with a few exceptions, like the Coast Guard and the Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Service--stumbled while the region drowned. And many lives were lost. In the immediate aftermath of that disaster, we in the Federal Government, and the American people more generally, had to face a big, painful question: Why weren't we better prepared for a disaster that we knew one day was going to happen? Today's hearing, which will focus specifically on the role of our Nation's military in responding to disasters, is an important part of this Committee's ongoing efforts to ensure that we won't ever have to ask that question that we asked after Hurricane Katrina again." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, Ted Stevens, Peter F. Verga, Victor E. Renuart, Jr., Roger Rufe, H. Steven Blum, John W. Libby.
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S. Hrg. 110-549; Senate Hearing 110-549