Serial No. 109-49: How Do We Ensure a Robust Federal Response to a Catastrophic Earthquake in the New Madrid Region? Field Hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, February 24, 2006   [open pdf - 9MB]

From the opening statement of Bill Shuster: "We are meeting this morning to receive State and local input for improving 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 those problems-after all, you are the end users. 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 disaster in the New Madrid region would destroy the infrastructure, leave tens of thousands homeless and paralyze the region. The New Madrid 'seismatic' region stretches from Arkansas, Mississippi, north through Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Illinois. Since 1974, over 4,000 earthquakes, most too small to notice, have been recorded. The large metropolitan areas of Mississippi, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri are located in the New Madrid region. Because this region lacks widespread seismatic building codes, it is estimated that a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in the region will cause a direct economic loss of over 70 billion and the destruction of over 60 percent of the buildings in the region. Without reforms to the current emergency management system, we will have another disorganized Federal response like that in the gulf coast." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William C. Burke, Michael S. Pawlowski, Ronald Reynolds, Eugene Schweig, James Talent, Betty Van Uum, and Jim Wilkinson.

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