Serial No. 109-12: The National Preparedness System: What Are We Preparing For? 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, First Session, April 14, 2005 [open pdf - 11MB]
From the opening statement of Bill Shuster: "Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Nation has been focused on its ability to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next terrorist attack. However, well before the attacks of that terrible day, the Federal Government, in partnership with responders nationwide, was working to ensure that should an attack happen, we would be prepared to deal with the consequences. For example, FEMA was developing and delivering courses on dealing with weapons of mass destruction, especially those involving hazardous materials. The Department of Defense was providing specialized training to National Guard units nationwide; a terrorism annex was added to the Federal Response Plan; A government-wide agreement about who would do what in the event of a disaster; and the Office For Domestic Preparedness was providing assistance to first responders to train and equip to deal with the crisis of terrorism. These actions were on top of those efforts being undertaken to help prepare communities for the natural disasters they face every day. What was missing before 9/11 was not a government-wide interest in preparing for disasters of all types, but the consensus that this preparation needed to occur in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. Then, as now, the debate carried on over the question of what is the best way to prepare for all the disasters that we will face as a Nation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Buckman, Corey Gruber, Gil Jamieson, David E. Liebersbach, Armond Mascelli, John P. Salle, Dewayne West, and James L. Oberstar.
Serial No. 109-12
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