State and Local Pandemic Preparedness: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, May 20, 2009 [open pdf - 6MB]
From the opening statement of Edolphus Towns: "Today's hearing will look at the ability of States and local communities to maintain an appropriate level of readiness to respond to a pandemic flu, and how federal authorities can assist them in mounting a sustained and effective response to a pandemic striking the United States. [...]. Current events remind us that a pandemic can strike at any time, and with little warning. Our communities need to stay ready to respond to such a threat. I am hopeful that this hearing will shed light on exactly how prepared we are to respond to a pandemic at the State and local level. I am also hopeful that our witnesses will help us discover what we all can do -not just the federal government - to make sure our communities are ready to handle what Mother Nature dishes out." Member statements and witness testimony include that of Edolphus Towns, Daniel M. Sosin, Guthrie Birkhead, Rex Archer, Terry Allan, and Paul Jarris.
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