Streamlining Emergency Management: Improving Preparedness, Recovery, and Cutting Costs, Statement of Joe Wilson Before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, October 13, 2011, First Session   [open pdf - 346KB]

This document is the October 13, 2011 testimony of Joe Wilson before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From the testimony: "With public safety and disaster preparedness being top of mind, it's during these times of economic challenge when local communities rely most upon FEMA to acquire public warning and notification systems. In fact, Federal Signal's 2011 Public Safety Survey, conducted by Zogby International, recently found that half of Americans feel they are less safe today than they were prior to the 9/11 tragedy. Additionally, almost 4 out of 10 consider their city or town to be slightly or completely unprepared in the event of an emergency, including unexpected risks such as natural disasters, terrorism and health pandemics. It is critical that warning systems continue to be among the priority needs for which grant dollars can be spent. Collective efforts by all should not stop until 100 percent of the population believes safety is a priority in their community. While natural disasters and man-made crises are ever-increasing, the number of potential local and national events, for which communities must prepare, has grown exponentially over the last decade. FEMA has an important role to play in establishing standard and promoting best practices throughout the nation. The National Incident Management System (NJMS) planning guidelines identifies the significant number of national and local incidents for which emergency management agencies must be prepared."

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