Press Release


Week Ahead: Committee Schedule June 3- June 7, 2013

Media Contacts: Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearing for next week.

TUESDAY, June 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications
Emergency MGMT 2.0: How #SocialMedia & New Tech are Transforming Preparedness, Response, & Recovery #Disasters #Part1 #Privatesector
311 Cannon House Office Building
Invited Witnesses Include:

·         Mr. Matthew Stepka, Vice President,

·         Mr. Jason Payne, Philanthropy Engineering Team Lead, Palantir Technologies

·         Mr. Michael Beckerman, President and CEO, The Internet Association

Subcommittee Chairman Susan Brooks (R-IN) on the hearing: “In today’s technology driven world, social media and other types of new technology are becoming one of the primary ways we receive, process, and relay information. Studies have shown that more than 60% of the people in the United States have at least one social media account, with many having multiple accounts including Facebook pages, Twitter profiles, and Pinterest boards. While social media originally started out as a way to share information among friends, it is evident that it has evolved to serve other functions, and is a prevalent source for news, advertising, and entertainment. We have heard numerous stories from Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Bombings and now the Oklahoma tornado of how citizens used Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to relay information to first responders, communicate with love ones, and request assistance.  The management of “big data” and the use of social media provide enormous opportunities for efficiencies in emergency management and I hope that this hearing highlights some of those accomplishments and future possibilities.”

*Live video of the hearing will be available here.