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Hearing on Hurricane Sandy Preparedness, Response & Recovery – Lessons Learned from Previous Disasters

December 3, 2012

Washington, DC – A Congressional hearing on Tuesday will review the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) preparedness and response to Hurricane Sandy, receive information about the plan for redevelopment and recovery, and examine the lessons learned by other states impacted by previous disasters.

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will receive testimony from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). State and local emergency managers from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Galveston, Texas will also provide testimony on their recovery efforts from previous disasters and lessons learned by their recovery efforts that may help inform the recovery process for Hurricane Sandy.

House-passed legislation – H.R. 2903, the FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2012, sponsored by Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) – includes reforms that will reduce costs and speed up recovery following a disaster. The hearing will also focus on how those reforms may help address red-tape and streamline the recovery process for Hurricane Sandy. For more information about Tuesday’s hearing, click here.

WHAT: Hearing of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-FL), Chairman: “A Review of the Preparedness, Response to and Recovery from Hurricane Sandy”

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2012

WHERE: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
A live webcast of the hearing will be available here

• The Honorable W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
• Major General Michael Walsh, Deputy Commanding General, Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• Mr. Fred Tombar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Disaster Recovery, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
• Mr. Robert R. Latham, Jr., Executive Director, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Mr. Kevin Davis, Director, Mr. Mark Riley, Deputy Director [updated 12/3/12], Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, State of Louisiana
• Mr. David Popoff, Emergency Management Coordinator for Galveston County, Texas

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