Preparedness Against Terrorist Attacks, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Emergency Mangament of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, June 9, 1999 [open pdf - 4MB]
From the opening statement of Tillie K. Fowler: "Today, our subcommittee is going to examine the Federal Government's programs that are designed to assist State and local emergency officials in preparing for a terrorist attack involving nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. The efficiency and effectiveness of Federal preparedness programs are not abstract issues if you receive a call that your child's school is being evacuated and you count on firemen, police, and paramedics to save and protect your child before you can get there. If you are confronted by the news of a huge explosion downtown, as one of our witnesses today has been, at your husband or wife's office, the last thing you need to worry about is whether the firemen or police are prepared to deal with that situation. We all automatically assume that they are prepared. Unfortunately, when you're faced with a weapon of mass destruction, not all first responders are ready today. The Congress recognized this some years ago and has passed a number of laws and appropriated funds to bring Federal resources to bear on this problem. A large number of agencies have gotten involved in this effort and are experiencing dramatic increases in funding." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Charles L. Cragin, John M. Eversole, Mark E. Gebicke, Catherine H. Light, Barbara Y. Martinez, Ann Simank, James L. Oberstar, Lee Terry and James A. Traficant Jr.
Serial No. 106-21
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