Earthquake Preparedness: What the United States Can Learn from the 2010 Chilean and Haitian Earthquakes, Hearing Before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, September 30, 2010 [open pdf - 28MB]
This is from the September 30, 2010 hearing, "Earthquake Preparedness: What the United States can Learn from the 2010 Chilean and Haitian Earthquakes," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration. From the opening statement of Mark L. Pryor: "We have called this diverse group of witnesses because they have taken part in the response to one of two of the most powerful and catastrophic earthquakes in recent memory: the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, and the February 27th earthquake in Chile. [...].Over the past ten years, the United States has seen its share of catastrophes. We watched with horror as the Country was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001, we were collectively outraged as we saw the Federal Government fail to provide for its citizens in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and millions of Americans face the impact of floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters each year. Each one of these tragedies contains valuable lessons. What is not acceptable-what will never be acceptable-is the failure to learn these lessons and to improve each time we are called upon to provide for Americans during their greatest hour of need. I hope this hearing will lead to a more effective response to a major earthquake if and when the time comes." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark L. Pryor, William L. Carwile, Dirk W. Dijkerman, Cristobal Lira, James M. Wilkinson, Ellis M. Stanley, and Reginald DesRoches.
S. Hrg. 111-1009; Senate Hearing 111-1009
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