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House holds disaster recovery hearing on Jan. 27

from IAEM

On Jan. 27, 2015 the House Committee on Transportation and infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing titled "Rebuilding after the Storm: Lessening the Impacts and Speeding Recovery." The video of the hearing, written statements of the witnesses, and the committee's summary of the subject matter are available here. The hearing focused on saving taxpayer dollars by lessening the impacts of disasters and strategies for speeding disaster recoveries. With this hearing, Chairman Barletta and the Subcommittee are launching an assessment of the rising costs of disasters, the cost effectiveness of disaster assistance, strategies to reduce disaster losses, and the appropriate roles of government and the private sector. As part of that process, the Subcommittee will also consider possible emergency management program reforms that can help save lives through improved alerts and warning systems and search and rescue. The witnesses included the FEMA administrator, a former FEMA administrator, an emergency management expert from the Congressional Research Service, a state emergency management director, and an assistant fire chief. more


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