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    Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness

    The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing to assess climate change impacts and natural disaster preparedness efforts. Among the witnesses testifying on…

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    FEMA Response to Oklahoma Tornadoes

    James Lee Watt, speaking by phone, talked about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to the May 20, 2013, tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, to the tornado that hit the town in…

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    James Lee Witt on Natural Disaster Responses

    James Lee Witt talked about his years as the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Clinton administration, the earthquake in Haiti, the BP oil spill, and the…

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    Oklahoma City Bombing

    Federal officials briefed reporters on the latest developments in the Oklahoma City bombing incident.

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    FEMA Preparedness and Response

    Witnesses testified about organizational restructuring and emergency response procedures, as well as post-Katrina reconstruction efforts, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They…

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    After Words with Robert Block

    Robert Block was interviewed about the book he co-authored with Christopher Cooper, Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security, published by Times Books. Mr. Block talked…

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    Gulf Coast Reconstruction

    At an event on reconstruction efforts and emergency preparedness following Gulf Coast hurricanes keynote addresses were made by Representative Tom Davis and by former Director of FEMA James Lee Witt.…

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    Emergency Preparedness Issues

    The panelists talked about the results of a national survey on preparedness for catastrophes and emergencies and future steps to improve readiness. They also talked about lessons learned…

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    Emergency Preparedness and Responses

    Former officials talk about disaster preparedness, federal responses to emergencies, and the role of the federal government in relief and recovery efforts. They also talked about lessons…

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    Federal Disaster Relief

    Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Witt, chairman and chief executive officer of James Lee Witt Associates, spoke about Hurricanes Rita and Katrina relief efforts and…

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    Democratic National Committee Platform Hearing

    Witnesses testified regarding homeland security, first responders, and related issues. There is a brief interruption in this program.

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    Stronger in the Broken Places

    Mr. Witt talked about his book Stronger in the Broken Places: Nine Lessons for Turning Crisis into Triumph, published by Henry Holt and Company. In the book, the author talks about his…

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    Leadership Challenges for Presidential Appointees

    To mark the release of The 2000 Prune Book, participants talked about staffing a new Cabinet and administration. Among the topics they addressed were the qualifications required for several…

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    Get Out the Vote Rally

    President Clinton and other Democratic dignitaries spoke in support of Mr. Ross' candidacy. They also praised Clinton administration accomplishments.

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    Coastal Erosion

    Mr. Witt and Mr. Merrell briefed the media on the findings of a five-year study of the nation’s coastal erosion hazard. Due to global warming, the Atlantic and Gulf coastlands are in danger…

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    Service to America Summit

    Participants talked about various ways local broadcasters serve their community. Mr. Mfume spoke about the importance of diversity in broadcast programs and different viewing habits of…

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    Hurricane Preparedness and Response Policies

    Weather and emergency management experts discussed potential public policy changes to improve the country’s state of disaster preparation and response for the upcoming hurricane season,…

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    Hurricane Season Outlook

    Weather and emergency officials briefed reporters on the outlook and the potential impact on the U.S. of the upcoming hurricane season. They said that they expected the season to be more…

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    How Congress Affects Our Daily Lives

    Participants spoke to students about how actions taken in Congress affect the daily lives of Americans. Among the issues they addressed were the government’s role in disaster relief, the…

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    FEMA Year 2000 Briefing

    Mr. Witt and Secretary Slater reported that no year 2000 computer problems have been reported in emergency and other systems. They responded to questions from the media.

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