Press Release


Duncan to Hold Clemson Field Hearing on Emergency Preparedness

Media Contacts: Allen Klump (Duncan); April Ward (Committee)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, will hold a field hearing at Clemson University.  

FRIDAY, November 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Field Hearing: Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready For A 21st Century Hugo?

Tillman Hall, Clemson University, 101 Gantt Circle, Clemson, South Carolina 29634

Witnesses Include:

Panel I

·         Mr. Robert J. Fenton Jr., Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Jeffrey L. Payne, Ph.D., Acting Director, Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

·         Major General Robert Livingston Jr., Adjutant General, State of South Carolina

·         Mr. Kim Stenson, Director, Emergency Management Division, State of South Carolina

·         Mr. John S. Skipper, Jr., Sheriff, Anderson County, South Carolina

Panel II

·         Dr. Clifton Lacy, Director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Rutgers University

·         Mr. Jim Bottum, Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost, Computing and Information Technology, Clemson University

·         Mr. Thomas Louden, General Secretary, North and South Carolina Division, The Salvation Army

·         Dr. Jason Hallstrom, Deputy Director, Institute of Computational Ecology, Clemson University

·         Emily Bentley, J.D., Associate Professor, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Savannah State University

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “Over twenty-five years have passed since Hurricane Hugo devastated South Carolina. First responders must now be prepared for a ‘21st Century Hugo’: not just natural disasters but public health emergencies, like Ebola, cyber-attacks, energy infrastructure issues, among other concerns. We will examine how local first responders are empowered and supported by federal, state, and local partners. I’m thrilled that we will be holding the hearing at Clemson University—far from the bubble of Washington D.C.—where the committee can hear important perspectives from state and local first responders and Clemson experts on how to best prepare for emergencies facing our area.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.