WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and Mark L. Pryor (D-AR) will hold a joint hearing entitled, From Earthquakes to Terrorist Attacks: Is the National Capital Region Prepared for the Next Disaster?

The National Capital Region presents unique challenges to emergency management due to the large Federal presence and the involvement of numerous jurisdictions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  Recent events, including the East Coast earthquake in August and the snowstorm on January 26, 2011, revealed weaknesses in the National Capital Region’s response to unexpected or rapidly evolving regional incidents.  This hearing will examine the National Capital Region’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities.  As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks and the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, this hearing will also address regional coordination and information sharing challenges that are applicable to cities and states across the country. 

The hearing will be webcast live at: hsgac.senate.gov
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Subcommittee on
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia and Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs

From Earthquakes to Terrorist Attacks: Is the National Capital Region Prepared for the Next Disaster?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building



Mr. Steward D. Beckham, Director, Office of National Capital Region Coordination, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Dean S. Hunter, Deputy Director, Facilities, Security, and Contracting, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Mr. Bill Jenkins, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Mr. Richard Muth, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, State of Maryland

Ms. Terrie Suit, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, Commonwealth of Virginia

Mr. Paul Quander, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, District of Columbia