Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Walorski: “Public Safety Remains a Number One Priority for Hoosiers”

CARMEL, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today participated in a field hearing held by Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (IN-05) to assess Indiana’s emergency preparedness for a mass casualty event. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Congressman Todd Young (IN-09) also joined the panel to hear testimony provided by federal, state, and local officials and first responders and members of the Indiana emergency medical response community.

“Recent events from tornadoes in Miami County to terrorist attacks in Boston serve as critical reminders that we must maintain strong emergency preparedness efforts for Hoosier communities. This hearing provides a great opportunity to hear from first responders and officials serving in our schools, hospitals, and communities to facilitate effective response programs. Public safety remains a number one priority for Hoosier families, and it is critical that we monitor and expand programs for unexpected events ranging from terrorist attacks to natural disasters.

“Northern Indiana is home to rural farm areas and high population universities, requiring dynamic response efforts to properly facilitate an evacuation and ensure public safety. Moving forward, we must strengthen existing programs and constantly evaluate emergency preparedness to protect Hoosiers and increase national security. I would like to thank Congresswoman Brooks for organizing this important field hearing, and Senator Donnelly and Congressman Young for joining these efforts to improve readiness for Hoosiers,” said Walorski.

The field hearing was an official hearing of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications. Testimony was provided from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Administrator Andrew Velasquez III, Indiana Department of Homeland Security Director John Hill, first responders, and members of the Indiana emergency medical response community. The objective was to examine whether Indiana was prepared for a variety of threats and hazards, specifically chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks.

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