Congressman Ted Poe will introduce local leaders from the 2nd Congressional District of Texas TOMORROW at the Committee on Homeland Security Hearing: Federalism and Disaster Response: Examining the Role and Responsibilities of Local, State and Federal Authorities. Texas Governor Rick Perry, Harris County Judge Robert Eckels and Beaumont Mayor Pro Tem Audwin Samuel will testify before the committee investigating the respective roles and responsibilities of local, State and Federal agencies and personnel in disaster management and response.

Every year, the United States is hit by numerous disasters, both large and small. Most emergencies even disasters are adequately handled at the local level, usually by local fire and police departments. This hearing will address a number of issues critical to the intergovernmental challenges posed by catastrophic events: (1) what the current roles and responsibilities of local, State, and Federal entities are with respect to preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism and other major disasters; (2) whether these historic roles should be re-examined post-Hurricane Katrina, particularly with respect to catastrophic events; (3) whether the Federal government is appropriately leveraging existing local and State resources and expertise; (4) whether the National Response Plan, as drafted, adequately enhances intergovernmental coordination; and (5) what additional partnerships, if any, municipal, State, and Federal agencies need to create to more effectively coordinate their missions and enhance existing operational capabilities.

WHO: Congressman Ted Poe makes brief remarks during introductions of Texas Officials

WHAT: Committee on Homeland Security, Federalism and Disaster Response: Examining the Role and Responsibilities of Local, State and Federal Authorities.

WHEN: TOMORROW, October 19, 2005
10am EST

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, 311
Washington, DC

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