Catastrophic Preparedness: How Ready is FEMA for the Next Big Disaster? Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 17, 2011 [open pdf - 10MB]
From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "We convened this hearing, which had been long planned, long scheduled on the ability of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to respond to a major catastrophe against the compelling backdrop of the tragically catastrophic events unfolding in Japan, an earthquake and tsunami in rapid succession that have already resulted in twice as many deaths as al-Qaeda's attack on America on September 11, 2001. And, of course, no one believes that the deaths and the finding of the dead is over yet. The earthquake and tsunami have also caused fires and explosions at nuclear power plants that could have nightmarish consequences for Japan and perhaps other countries as well. Japan has been considered the gold standard of earthquake preparedness because they have had repeated experience with earthquakes, but this earthquake registered 9.0 on the Richter scale." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: W. Craig Fugate, Richard L. Skinner, William O. Jenkins, Jr., Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan Collins, Scott P. Brown, Daniel K. Akaka, and Mary L. Landrieu.
S. Hrg. 112-222; Senate Hearing 112-222
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