Hurricane Katrina: The Role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, September 27, 2005 [open pdf - 1MB]
This testimony compilation is from the September 27, 2005 hearing, "Hurricane Katrina: The Role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency," before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina. From the opening statement of Tom Davis: "With the help of former FEMA Director Michael Brown, we will attempt to construct for the record a timeline of what FEMA did and didn't do before, during, and after this catastrophic storm. Our focus will be on what happened, when, and why. We will ask Mr. Brown whether the timeline of events we've constructed matches his memory of how things transpired. And we'll ask him which local, state, and federal government officials he spoke with, and what they spoke about. Like it or not, fair or not, FEMA in general and Mr. Brown in particular have become the symbol of all that went wrong with the government's response to Katrina. Today we'll hear his side of the story, and ask the questions all Americans want and expect us to ask. What went wrong? What could you have done differently? We have the benefit this morning of 'compare and contrast.' While Rita was a very different storm from Katrina -- a size Large compared to a size Triple X, a storm that struck a far less densely populated area -- it's clear governments at all levels did things differently this time around. Despite differences in scale and scope and strength and speed, and despite the fact that all was not perfect with the reaction to Rita, the latest hurricane showed we already have learned a great deal from Katrina. If only we'd learned a little earlier." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Davis and Michael Brown.
U.S. House Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina: http://katrina.house.gov/