Serial No. 113-35: Assessing the Nation's State of Preparedness: A Federal, State, and Local Perspective, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, September 19, 2013 [open pdf - 349KB]
This is the September 19, 2013 hearing on "Assessing the Nation's State of Preparedness: A Federal, State, and Local Perspective" held before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Susan Brooks: "In order to help measure the nation's preparedness, the Administration, in April 2011 publicly released Presidential Policy Directive [PPD] 8 -- National Preparedness. PPD-8 required that the Secretary of Homeland Security submit to the President a national preparedness goal and a new national preparedness system that will help achieve the goal. […] In this hearing I am interested to learn the level of involvement State and local organizations had in the development of these frameworks, and how they are planning, if at all, to incorporate these frameworks into their daily operations. Additionally, I am interested to learn when the final framework -- the Protection framework -- and the Federal Interagency Operations Plans will be released. […] According to a 2012 survey by FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], 46 percent of respondents reported being familiar with their local hazards, but only 39 percent said that they have an emergency plan in place that they discussed with the household. […] Through this hearing, I hope to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of our nation's state of preparedness, and also gain a greater understanding of how the nation is working together to build resilience." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Susan W. Brooks, Donald M. Payne, Bennie G. Thompson, Timothy Manning, Mark Ghilarducci, Jeffrey W. Walker, James Schwartz, and Kathy Spangler.
Serial No. 113-35
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