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State of Emergency: The Disaster of Cutting Preparedness Grants

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Time: 10:00 AM Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Subcommittee: Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Communications (114th Congress) Issue: Emergency Preparedness & Communications



  • The Honorable Bill de Blasio, Mayor, City of New York, New York

Panel II:

  • Mr. Jim Butterworth, Director, Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, State of Georgia - Testifying on behalf of the National Emergency Management Association
  • Ms. Rhoda Mae Kerr, Fire Chief, City of Austin Fire Department, Austin, Texas - Testifying on behalf of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Mr. George Turner, Chief of Police, Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta, Georgia - Testifying on behalf of the Major Cities Chiefs 
  • Mr. Mike Sena, Director, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center - Testifying on behalf of the National Fusion Center Association
  • Sgt. W. Greg Kierce, Director, Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, City of Jersey City, New Jersey


Opening statement:

Hearing video:

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