Facing Floods and Fires: Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters in Native Communities, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, July 21, 2011   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Daniel K. Akaka: "This is an incredibly important issue to Tribes and Native peoples. In just the past few months, Native communities in New Mexico, Montana, Washington, Nebraska, and South Dakota have faced floods, fires, tornadoes, and severe storms. Lives were lost, homes destroyed, and sacred sites endangered. Pertinent to the hearing, the monitor displayed pictures of disasters. A map displayed also shows many of the natural disasters in Native communities over the past 10 years. I think we can all agree that these visuals are very, very moving. I have a lifetime of experience in dealing with effects of natural disasters. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii can be affected by disasters all around the Pacific Rim. Hawaii was reminded of its vulnerability in March when a tsunami warning and evacuations were issued following the devastating earthquake in Japan. Small tropical storms can quickly turn into hurricanes and devastate whole communities and islands. Hawaii also experiences thousands of earthquakes from volcanic activity every year. They can cause loss of life, property, and electricity throughout the islands. Disasters like these can have lasting effects on people and can undermine our sense of community and safety." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel K. Akaka, John Barrasso, John Hoeven, Mike Johanns, Tim Johnson, Lisa Murkowski, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, Michael S. Black, Walter Dasheno, Craig Fugate, Randy Grinnell, John R. McMahon, Fred Tombar, Mary Wagner, Clifford Cultee, Randy King, Perry Martinez, Kent Paul, Robert Pecos, Chad Smith, and Arch Super.

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S. Hrg. 112-211; Senate Hearing 112-211
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