Hurricane Katrina and Communications Interoperability, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, September 29, 2005 [open pdf - 156KB]
From the opening statement of Senator Barbara Boxer: "Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for holding this hearing to shine a light on a shocking deficiency in our emergency communications system. And the time to find a solution is now. It was really yesterday. As a matter of fact, it was the day before yesterday, and we still haven't done it. We didn't learn our lesson after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. We didn't learn it after September 11. The wildfires raging in California almost 2 years ago didn't teach us. And, parenthetically, I'm sad to report we've got a wildfire raging out of control, 9,000 acres, as we speak here, near Los Angeles, in the not the very populated areas, but threatening populated areas. And, of course, as you mentioned, Hurricane Katrina shone a light on this. First-responders to all these disasters were so challenged by the lack of interoperable communications that hundreds of lives were unnecessarily and tragically lost. And some of those lives are first responders themselves. Enough is enough. We don't need any more failures." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David G. Boyd, Willis Carter, Kenneth Moran, Dereck Orr and Senators Boxer, Dorgan, Inouye, Lautenberg, Nelson, Pryor, Rockefeller, Stevens, and Sununu.
S. Hrg. 109-1138
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