Homeland Security Hearing on Disaster Preparedness

May 15, 2007
The Committee on Homeland Security is currently holding a hearing: "The 2007 Hurricane Season: Are We Prepared?" David Paulison, Undersecretary for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has just concluded testimony. Mr. William Jenkins, the Director for the Homeland Security and Justice Issues Division of the Government Accountability Office; Mr. Craig Fugate, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and Mr. Joe Becker, Senior Vice President for Preparedness and Response at American Red Cross National Headquarters will be testifying after the House finishes a series of votes.

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Read the extensive written testimony from the GAO (pdf) >>

Rep. Perlmutter (CO-07):

"But there's only so many people, and contractors, and National Guardsmen and women to go around. And this is a debate for probably with the President and not you. But if in fact we have something like we had with Katrina or Rita or the one that Mr. Etheridge was talking about that hit North Carolina -- the bottom line is, you don't know what the real impact of our deploying National Guard troops in the numbers that we have to Iraq will be on responding to a Katrina?"