Health and Human Services Readiness to Combat Terriorism: Testimony of Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate, May 9, 2001 [open pdf - 44KB]
This is the May 9, 2001 testimony of Tommy G. Thomspon, Secretary of Health and Human Services, before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary, Committee on Appropriations of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. From Mr. Thompson's testimony: "The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) welcomes your interest in our efforts to respond to terrorist events, including uses of biological weapons against the civilian population. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as overall lead federal agency for consequence management efforts, has designated the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the lead agency to coordinate medical assistance in national emergencies, be they natural disasters or acts of terrorism. When FEMA determines a federal response is warranted, this agency deploys medical personnel, equipment and drugs to assist victims of a major disaster, emergency or terrorist attack. Given our critical medical role in any biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear attack, I take HHS preparedness efforts most seriously. As was announced yesterday by President Bush, FEMA will become the coordinating agency to ensure coordination of all anti-terrorism activities. My office will begin to work directly with FEMA to meet the threat of terrorism."
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