WASHINGTON, D.C .– The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, chaired by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), will hold an oversight hearing on Thursday to examine how the nation’s emergency management system and programs can be streamlined to improve disaster preparedness and response programs and reduce costs.
Mike Dayton, Acting Secretary at the California Emergency Management Agency will testify at Denham’s hearing on Thursday to examine how the nation’s emergency management system and programs can be streamlined to improve disaster preparedness and response programs and reduce costs. Craig Fugate, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will also testify.
Thursday’s hearing will further inform the committee’s efforts to reform the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and improve emergency management programs. H.R. 2903, the FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2011 and H.R. 2904, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Modernization Act of 2011, were introduced on September 13, 2011 by Denham and co-sponsored by Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). H.R. 2903 would reauthorize FEMA through FY2013, and H.R. 2904 would establish a clear framework and timetables for FEMA’s modernization of its public alerts and warning system.
“I introduced this legislation to streamline and improve our recovery process. At this hearing, we will hear from our witnesses about ways that Congress can assist FEMA and the nation to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters,” Denham said in a news release.
You can watch the hearing at http://transportation.house.gov/.