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July 8, 2013

Upcoming Senate hearing on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombings

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on July 8, 2013

Thanks to Eric Holdeman at the Disaster Zone blog for pointing out this upcoming Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings: Preparing for and Responding to the Attack.”

The hearing will take place this Wednesday, July 10 at 10am and will be broadcast on the Committee’s website.

Hearing information (via Eric):

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will hold a hearing titled “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings: Preparing for and Responding to the Attack” on Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The terrorist attack that occurred during the 117thBoston Marathon serves as a reminder that while the U.S. has made great progress in combating terrorism, terrorists at home and abroad still seek to carry out brutal attacks against Americans. While the first priority is to stop these before they occur, it is also important to ensure that when prevention fails, federal, state and local entities are well prepared to immediately respond to the attacks and mitigate their effects.

This hearing is intended to examine the steps that were taken to prepare Boston for threats such as these and the response that followed. In particular, witnesses will discuss the specific steps Boston had taken to prepare for incidents such as these; how these affected the response to the attack; and any significant challenges or lessons-learned that they have identified from the response. They will also share their perspective on whether federal support contributed to the city’s preparedness and the effectiveness of federal support during and after the attack.

For more information or to watch a live stream of the hearing, please click HERE(Note: Please refresh the hearing webpage at the scheduled start time. Streaming will start once the hearing begins.)


The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold the hearing, “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings: Preparing for and Responding to the Attack.”


The Honorable Richard Serino

Deputy Administrator

Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Kurt N. Schwartz

Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Edward F. Davis III


Boston Police Department

City of Boston


Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D.

Paul O’Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis

RAND Corporation



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

10:00 a.m.



342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 9, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

I must take this opportunity and applaud the expedient response of the Massachusetts State Police, the Boston Police Department – and as I observed in the minutes and hours after the explosions – an obviously well planned, well prepared first response effort by towns and cities in the metro Boston area – dedicated first responders, men and women rushing from every imaginable route into the heart of Boston unknowing whether far more calamity awaited their arrival. Bravo!

There are many other related issues of concern and importance which must be discussed, however in witnessing police units responding from distant communities certainly supports the many – Boston Strong – t-shorts, signs and other proudly depicting the resolute manner, the resilience and the pride of Bostonians!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

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