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April 21, 2006

Where’s the Senate’s Katrina report?

Filed under: Congress and HLS,Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on April 21, 2006

From the AP last weekend:

The Senate is preparing its own inquiry into the Katrina response. It was due in late March, but has been delayed by at least a month.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Maine Sen. Susan Collins, has held 21 hearings, interviewed over 290 witnesses and reviewed more than 820,000 documents throughout the course of their bipartisan investigation into the government’s preparation and response to Hurricane Katrina.

The report “further underscores the need for fundamental changes to ensure a better response to future disasters,” Collins said.

I’m expecting that this will be a top-notch, authoritative report on Katrina, so hopefully it will be out very soon. This delays means that the committee is losing its window of opportunity to influence the current policy debate on emergency preparedness and disaster response.

I’m hearing that a release before the end of April is likely.

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Comment by Steven Jones

April 21, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

An excellent point…. the Senate’s report will not only tell us where failures in emergency response occurred during Hurricane Katrina, but provide critical information that will allow emergency responders and all levels of government to better prepare for the 2006 hurricane season, now just 41 days away.

Unfortunately, we’re not as prepared as we should be.

The First Response Coalition has just released a new report, titled “The Imminent Storm 2006: Vulnerable Emergency Communications in Eight Hurricane Zone States.” The report conlcudes that many states in the hurricane-prone southeast still do not have the necessary equipment and resources to effectively comunicate during an emergency.

I invite all readers to view the report at http://www.firstresponsecoalition.org.

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