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Washington Post article: Helping First Responders Communicate During Disasters

Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11
An independent report from the Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preparedness Task Force.

The Task Force was established by Congress to take stock of the numerous efforts that have shaped preparedness policy, guidance and investments since 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina and find ways to ensure that future efforts are efficient, streamlined and measurable.

The Task Force is comprised of members representing local, state, tribal and territorial governments, including the National Advisory Council’s Vice Chair, General Don Dunbar. Drawing upon their experience and expertise, as well as the input of the private sector and public, the Task Force produced a report of findings and recommendations for Congress on October 8, 2010.

You can read the report here: Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11

October 18, 2010
Helping First Responders Communicate During Disasters
From the Washington Post

Barbour rejects call to reconsider port diversion –June 25, 2009

Ordinance allows cottages to stay — March 4, 2009 — (Sun Herald) BAY ST. LOUIS — After months of long discussions, the City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night that allows residents of hurricane-relief cottages who meet the requirements to buy their homes from the state and keep them in residential areas of the city. Mississippi, Louisiana among highest homeowner rates

March 3, 2009 WLOX NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana homeowners paid the third-highest home insurance rates in 2006, while Mississippi was hit with the sixth-highest average bill for coverage, according to a report by a national group of state insurance regulators.

Homeland Security, FEMA may be split up Mississippi disabilities group’s spokeswoman argues against having two separate agencies Disaster officials pledge to do better

March 19, 2009 WASHINGTON — Government agencies failed to provide adequate housing for Gulf Coast hurricane victims, federal housing and emergency disaster officials acknowledged Wednesday.

State’s coast population still below pre-Katrina levels March 19, 2009 The Mississippi Press The Mississippi Gulf Coast population continues to lag behind levels before Hurricane Katrina hit Aug. 29, 2005, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released today.

WASHINGTON — March 31, 2009 — Janet L. Woodka is President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next Federal Coordinator of Rebuilding in the Gulf Coast Region. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced Woodka’s appointment this afternoon. Woodka, a Tulane Law School graduate and former legislative director for Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has been working as the recovery office’s director of legislative affairs under the previous coordinators, Donald Powell, who left the job early last year, and and Doug O’Dell, a retired Marine Corps Reserve major general, who stepped down early this year. Read More

January 3, 2007 JACKSON —“Even when people with disabilities managed to evacuate the Coast, they faced new challenges when they returned.”

From the MS Foundation’s Website JACKSON — “I looked at what these people had to endure in the shelters, and I know I couldn’t have done it,” Troupe says. “I saw the cots on the floor and I knew I couldn’t get down there out of my wheelchair. And if I did, I couldn’t get back up.”
Executive Director: Mary Troupe