Role of Private Sector in Preparedness and Emergency Response, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 8, 2013 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the May 8, 2013 hearing, "Role of Private Sector in Preparedness and Emergency Response," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia. From the opening statement of Senator Begich: "Good afternoon and welcome to the first hearing of the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia. I want to begin by thanking all our witnesses here today for their willingness to participate as we examine the role of the private sector in the disaster preparedness and response. I thank the witnesses for their patience due to the delayed start here, as we had important votes in front of us. In this time of declining budgets and limited Federal and State and local government resources, the involvement of the private sector in disaster assistance is critical. As we recently saw during the response of Hurricane Sandy, the whole-of-community approach to disaster provides the best chance for success. By leveraging the skills and resources of retail, insurance, financial, transportation industries as well as nonprofit organizations, essential services can be provided in effective and efficient ways. This approach can save taxpayer dollars while promoting and supporting the businesses that play a vital role in long-term economic tax base of our States and territories." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Elizabeth Zimmerman, Michael Chodos, Chris Terzich, Michael Merwarth, and Daniel Stoecker.
S. Hrg. 113-216
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