Ready and Resilient? Examining Federal Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 22, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 22, 2015 hearing "Ready and Resilient? Examining Federal Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities," held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Martha McSally: "Since Katrina, much has changed in how we manage and respond to disasters. There have been major legislative reforms and improvements made to the emergency preparedness and response enterprise. The Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (PKEMRA) gave FEMA more authority to 'lean forward' and be more pro-active as threats emerge. We have also seen improvement in the way we collectively look at preparedness through the development of the National Preparedness System and its associated National Preparedness Goal and Planning Frameworks, including the National Response Framework; assessment of core capabilities; and planning and exercising to identify and address gaps. Finally, the way information moves, especially through use of social media, has changed how we communicate and interact with each other, and how we get news and critical information. In emergencies, we use social media to relay information to first responders, communicate with love ones, and request assistance. Response organizations, including FEMA and the emergency managers Mr. Coons represents, use social media to quickly share public safety information and maintain direct communication with disaster survivors during and after an incident." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Craig Fugate, Bryan Koon, and Chris B. Currie.

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