America's Natural Disaster Preparedness: Are Federal Investments Paying Off? Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, May 3, 2011 [open pdf - 695KB]
From the opening statement of John D. Rockefeller IV: "We are here today to examine our Nation's ability to prepare and respond to natural disasters. The weather-provoked tragedies and terrible loss of life just days ago make it clear that this hearing could not come at a more important time. Two months ago, the world watched as a series of earthquakes and a massive tsunami roiled Japan: toppling cities, overturning buildings and killing thousands of people. It was a tragedy of epic proportions. And now, an ocean away, America is experiencing its own destruction and devastation because of natural disasters. Tornadoes and severe storms have rocked the American South and Midwest. In Alabama, the death toll has jumped to more than 200, and continues to climb, as families and first responders search rubble and razed towns for missing loved ones. At least 15 people have been killed in Georgia and 34 in Mississippi. It has been the deadliest outbreak of tornadoes in nearly 40 years. We've seen whole neighborhoods ruined, homes flattened, cars flipped onto their sides, tractor-trailers twisting in the air like rag dolls. The destruction is devastating, and the death toll, rising." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John D. Rockefeller IV, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Bill Nelson, William H. Hooke, Robert Ryan, Anne S. Kiremidjian, Clint Dawson, Tom Udall, and Mark Warner.
S. Hrg. 112-78; Senate Hearing 112-78
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