Serial No. 109-48: The Big One: How Do We Ensure a Robust Federal Response to a Catastrophic Earthquake in the Los Angeles Region? Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, February 23, 2006   [open pdf - 17MB]

From the opening statement of Bill Shuster: "Because of the great risk California faces for both natural disasters and terrorism, you have ensured that we focus on California as we look to improve state and local readiness and capabilities. I know you have a strong interest in preventing a disorganized federal response to a catastrophic earthquake in California, and we welcome your participation in today's hearing[...]We are meeting this morning to receive state and local input for improving the emergency management capabilities and readiness at the federal, state, and local levels. Hurricane Katrina revealed problems in the emergency management system at all levels of government that have to be addressed, and you have a role in guiding the efforts to fix these problems. Unfortunately, this hasn't always been a collaborative process. Too often, the federal government has failed to take into account your views. There has never been a greater need for your professional advice and expertise. We have to get this right, and we need your help to do it. Like Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California could paralyze the region, destroy the infrastructure, and leave tens of thousands homeless. With over 300 faults, Southern California is at great risk for a catastrophic earthquake. Models of a 7.5 earthquake in the Los Angeles basin predict over 18,000 dead, a quarter of a trillion dollars in losses, and 300,000 left homeless. These predictions dwarf losses from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Without reforms to the current emergency management system, we will have another uncoordinated federal response like that in the Gulf Coast." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ann-Marie Hayashi, Lucille M. Jones, Henry Renteria, and Ellis M. Stanley.

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