House Panel Holds Hearing on Emergency Response Communications
At a November 18 hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, state officials warned that expired federal funding for emergency response communications could result in a hampered response to disasters. After 9/11, lawmakers responded to the inability of emergency responders to communicate with funding for the Interoperability Emergency Communications Grant program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) testified that 26 states had full-time interoperability coordinators, compared with 44 in 2010.
Statements from the subcommittee hearing, Interoperable Communications: Assessing Progress Since 9/11, are available HERE.