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April 26, 2006

Senate report on Katrina previewed

Filed under: Congress and HLS,Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on April 26, 2006

From the AP:

The U.S. is unprepared for a disaster of Hurricane Katrina’s scale, according to a Senate inquiry that lawmakers said Wednesday took a critical look at failures in responding to the storm.

The final report is “fair and tough, and it charts a course to strengthen our nation’s emergency preparedness at all levels,” leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wrote their colleagues.

The Associated Press on Wednesday obtained a copy of the letter written by the committee’s head, GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, and the top Democrat, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. The report’s title is “Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared.”

Senators were to get the report on Thursday, with a public release set for next week. The committee on Thursday planned to disclose the report’s 86 recommendations, said Collins’ spokeswoman, Jen Burita.

Stay tuned for analysis, when the report is released.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 27, 2006 @ 9:08 am

It is very interesting that an agency that ended its independent existence on March 1, 2003, and did not exist as a legal entity after that date is again being killed. So much for the nomination of David Paulinson as the new Director of the Federal Emergency Management Directorate submitted in early April by the Administration.


Comment by R.P. Davis

April 27, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

Strange that FEMA worked OK when it was an independent agency headed by a some one with emergency manaagement experience becomes impotent when put under a ‘guns and badge’ agency and headed by a ‘political hacks’ with no emergency management background. Maybe it’s DHS that should be reconsidered. How long will the banishment of FEMA save it from its problems and short comings?

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