Are We Ready? Recovering from 2017 Disasters and Preparing for the 2018 Hurricane Season, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, July 18, 2018 [open pdf - 6MB]
This is the July 18, 2018 hearing on "Are We Ready? Recovering from 2017 Disasters and Preparing for the 2018 Hurricane Season" held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From the Opening Statement of Lou Barletta: "The 2017 disaster season not only devastated many communities, but also highlighted challenges in how we respond to and recover from disasters. We have a ways to go in rebuilding, especially in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. And it is critical, we do what we can to help communities rebuild smarter and better. In November, this committee came together to craft bipartisan legislation, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which would allow communities to rebuild in a way that would minimize future disaster costs and save lives. This legislation includes reforms that will change FEMA's [Federal Emergency Management Agency's] disaster recovery programs to make them more effective and efficient, and encourage and facilitate mitigation projects that reduce disaster risks and increase resiliency against disasters." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeffrey Byard, Charles R. Alexander, Jr., Patrick Sheehan, Mistie Gardner, and Robert David Paulison.
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