From Earthquakes to Terrorist Attacks: Is the National Capital Region Prepared for the Next Disaster? Joint Hearing Before the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee and Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, December 7, 2011   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Akaka: "Today, we will examine the National Capital Region's (NCRs) preparedness and response to natural and manmade disasters. The NCR is a region defined by statute including the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, 11 local jurisdictions, three branches of the Federal Government, and over 5 million residents. More than 20 million tourists visit the NCR every year, and 340,000 Federal employees work in the area. So this is the size of that area. This is an appropriate time to explore the NCR's emergency preparedness and response capabilities as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor and we recently marked the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel K. Akaka, Mark L. Pryor, Steward D. Beckham, Dean S. Hunter, William O. Jenkins, Jr., Richard Muth, Terrie L. Suit, and Paul A. Quander, Jr.

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