Press Release


House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for November 17-21, 2014

Media Contact: Lauren Claffey; April Ward (202) 226-8477

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security has announced the following hearings for next week:  

TUESDAY, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications  

Interoperable Communications: Assessing Progress Since 9/11

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

·         Rear Admiral Ronald Hewitt, USCG (Ret.), Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Mr. TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

·         Mr. Mark A. Grubb, Director, Division of Communications, Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Susan Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: "Time and again we are reminded of the need and importance of interoperable communications and information sharing when disaster strikes. Much progress has been made in first responders' communications capabilities since the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina exposed significant gaps. However, real and pressing challenges remain, as was evidenced after Hurricane Sandy. This hearing will provide subcommittee members with an opportunity to hear from federal and state officials about ongoing efforts to enhance interoperable communications, including FirstNet's development of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network." 

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

·         TBD, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Dr. Jeffrey L. Payne, Acting Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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

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

·         Sheriff John Skipper, Sheriff’s Office, Anderson County, South Carolina

Panel II

·         Dr. Clifton Lacy, Director, University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, Rutgers University

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

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

·         Dr. Jason Hallstrom,  Associate Professor, School of Computing and Deputy Director, Institute of Computational Ecology, Clemson University

·         Ms. Emily Bentley, J.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator, 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.”