Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready for a 21st Century Hugo?, Hearing Before the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, November 21, 2014 [open pdf - 3MB]
This testimony compilation is from the November 21, 2014 hearing, "Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready for a 21st Century Hugo?," before the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. From Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan's opening statement: "September 21st marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Hurricane Hugo--the most devastating disaster to affect South Carolina in the past century. The storm hit the low country with an unprecedented ferocity. It was responsible for 49 deaths, the equivalent of over $13 billion dollars in damage in 2014 dollars, and displacing 60,000 from their homes. Hugo required a major response, for which South Carolina was unprepared. However, the ordered evacuation of 250,000 would pale in comparison to what would be needed today. Over a million now live in the area Hugo threatened."
House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency: http://homeland.house.gov/subcommittee-OME/