Tsunami Warning, Preparedness, Interagency Cooperation: Lessons Learned, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, April 14, 2011 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Jason Chaffetz: "This is an important topic that literally would affect millions of people's lives. Hopefully it will never come to that. Hopefully it is just a lesson in preparedness. But when that disaster, if, and hopefully it doesn't ever happen, the work that you are doing now and the preparation is vital to our country and the lives and safety of so many Americans and people around the world. Fifty thousand people were dead or went missing and millions more were suddenly homeless in 11 countries. Our Pacific states and territories are also in reach of the damaging effects of tsunamis. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration, the contiguous United States has suffered from tsunamis originating in Chile, Japan, Russia and Alaska. In 2009, American Samoa was struck by a tsunami that killed 22 people. That is why we are here today. This subcommittee will examine the extent to which the Federal Government is capable of determining the threat from tsunamis, can issue timely and effective warnings about a tsunami and has the plans in place to respond to a tsunami. Also, the subcommittee will look at how successful the Federal Government is in helping local and State authorities develop tsunami-resilient communities, and how these entities conduct public outreach. We will also examine lessons learned from Japan and the extent to which they can be applied." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William Leith, Mary Glackin, Nancy Ward, Kenneth Murphy, John W. Madden, Jason Chaffetz, and John F. Tierney.
Serial No. 112-25
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