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Fifty Years Since the Great Alaska Earthquake: The Role of First Responders in Catastrophic Disaster Planning

Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia

Location: South Anchorage High School, 13400 Elmore Rd, Anchorage, AK 99516

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The purpose of the hearing was to evaluate the role of first responders in catastrophic disaster planning.  The hearing highlighted the critical relationships between federal, state, and local emergency response officials and assessed the value of coordinated planning, training, and exercising.  The hearing also examined any observations and lessons learned from recent national exercises and how they might be incorporated into future planning efforts.

**Note: The hearing began at 2:30 PM Alaska Time, 6:30 PM Eastern Time**


Panel I

  • The Honorable  W. Craig Fugate
    Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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  • John Madden
    Director, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
    Download Testimony (72 KB)

Panel II