FEMA Reauthorization: Recovering Quicker and Smarter, Hearing Before U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, September 18, 2013   [open pdf - 6MB]

This is the September 18, 2013 hearing on "FEMA Reauthorization" before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From the opening statement of Lou Barletta: "We know even after the [2013 Colorado] storms have passed and the rescue and response operations are completed, these communities will continue to face a devastating situation. They will be tasked to try and put their lives back together again and rebuild their homes, businesses and communities: a process that has been bogged down with red-tape, creating a bureaucratic nightmare for communities already devastated by the loss of loved ones and by the disaster itself. It is for this reason, earlier this year, we enacted the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act. That Act included key provisions to streamline the rebuilding process following disasters. The purpose of the hearing today is to review how those reforms are being applied and implemented and how they can help communities like those in Colorado rebuild faster. We will examine how these reforms are currently being used in the recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy, the tornadoes in Oklahoma and other recent disasters. We will also examine how we ensure effective coordination among federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in helping communities recover quicker and smarter." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Lou Barletta, Joseph L. Nimmich, Yolanda Chavez, James Rivera, Glenn M. Cannon, Gayland Kitch, and Michael Finely.

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