Terrorism: Emergency Preparedness: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, October 26, 2005   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Jon Kyl: "We have learned a lot in the weeks since Hurricane Katrina. Today, this Subcommittee will focus on the question of whether we are prepared for a possible terrorist attack involving problems similar to those caused by the natural disaster in the Gulf Coast. A moderately sophisticated terrorist attack could easily replicate the type and amount of damage caused by this natural disaster, I believe, though I will ask you all whether that is, in fact, correct, and the response would be even more difficult to coordinate because we wouldn't have much time in terms of warning, if any, as to when or where such an attack might occur. The objective of this hearing is to gain a better understanding of the types of terrorist attacks that could still take place, specifically those that could have an impact similar to Hurricane Katrina's, the key success factors in planning for and responding to an attack, the emergency preparedness of the Federal Government and how it should work with State and local authorities to respond effectively, and any existing shortfalls that need attention by State, local, and Federal authorities to improve readiness." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Cornyn, Dianne Feinstein, Jon Kyl, Patrick J. Leahy, Matthew R. Bettenhausen, Slade Gorton, Michael O'Hanlon, Henry R. Renteria, and Wayne C. Thomas.

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S. Hrg. 109-222; Senate Hearing 109-222; Serial No. J-109-46
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