Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Panel to Continue Series of Hearings on Medical Countermeasures – TOMORROW

Apr 16, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, chaired by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), will hold a hearing entitled “Taking Measure of Countermeasures (Part 3): Protecting the Protectors” tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building. 

At tomorrow’s hearing, the Subcommittee will continue its examination of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attacks.  Specifically, the hearing will focus on those countermeasures designed to protect emergency response providers and their families.

Bilirakis said: "This hearing is the third in a series conducted by the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on the need for research, development, and acquisition of vital medical countermeasures and the preparation of plans to dispense and distribute those countermeasures in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack.  This hearing will provide Subcommittee Members with the opportunity to explore plans and strategies to ensure that emergency response personnel are protected in the event of such an attack, including through voluntary pre-event vaccination."

What:                 Subcommittee Hearing on “Taking Measure of Countermeasures (Part 3): Protecting the Protectors”

When:                2 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Where:               311 Cannon House Office Building

                           **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE

Witness List:

Panel I

Dr. J.D. Polk
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Health Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Edward J. Gabriel
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panel II

Chief Al H. Gillespie
President & Chairman of the Board
International Association of Fire Chiefs

Mr. Bruce Lockwood
Second Vice President
USA Council
International Association of Emergency Managers

Sheriff Chris Nocco
Pasco County (FL) Sheriff’s Office

Mr. Manuel Peralta
Director of Safety and Health
National Association of Letter Carriers

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