Lifesaving Role of Accurate Hurricane Prediction and Preparation: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, September 20, 2005   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of E. Benjamin Nelson: "The National Weather Service did an exceptional job in forecasting the storm and predicting its impact point and the devastation that it would deliver, and I think it's important that we do look at what went right in order to ensure that we keep that course as this hurricane season progresses and as we look to the future, as well. Or course, the superb job of the National Weather Service in forecasting Hurricane Katrina's path is greatly diminished when the information that is given out, sometimes ignored, certainly not paid attention to, or isn't used to ensure measures are put in place immediately to respond to the aftermath of the storm. So, while I think it's appropriate to examine the stellar job of forecasting that was done during Hurricane Katrina, I cannot help but voice my frustration, and, I think, the frustration of so many, by the lack of follow-up to make sure that they were prepared to respond to a Category-4 hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jim DeMint, Bill Nelson, E. Benjamin Nelson, Ted Stevens, David Vitter, Keith G. Blackwell, Windell Curole, Marc L. Levitan, Max Mayfield, Patrick C. Roberts, and Daniel K. Inouye.

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S. Hrg. 109-1137; Senate Hearing 109-1137
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