Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart to Host, Co-Chair Congressional Field Hearing in Miami about Hurricane Preparedness

Apr 30, 2009
Press Release

MIAMI-U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) will co-chair a Congressional field hearing in Miami this Friday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the James L. King Federal Justice Building in Downtown Miami. The hearing, titled “Are Florida and the Nation Ready for the 2009 Hurricane Season?” will focus on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) and Florida’s readiness for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season.  It will be co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton of Washington, DC. 

The hearing will be open to the public and media. There will be a media availability at 12:45 p.m. or immediately follow the hearing.  Rep. Diaz-Balart, as well as other Members of Congress, will be available for questions and interviews. 

Diaz-Balart is the Ranking Member of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has oversight of FEMA and the nation’s emergency preparedness and response efforts.  Hurricane season begins June 1st and Florida is the state most at risk.  The 2009 season forecast predicts 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Witnesses scheduled to testify at the hearing include:

-Mr. Major P. May, Regional Administrator – Region IV, Federal Emergency Management Agency
-Dr. Edward N. Rappaport, Deputy Director, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center 

-Mr. Ruben Almaguer, Deputy Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management
-Ms. Karen Hagan, Disaster Officer, Florida, American Red Cross 

-Jonathon Lord, Assistant Director, Miami-Dade Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

WHO: Congressman Mario-Diaz-Balart

WHAT: Congressional Field Hearing and Media Availability

WHEN: Friday, May 1st at 12:45 PM (or immediately after the hearing)

WHERE:  James L. King Federal Justice Building, 99 Northeast 4th Street, Miami, Florida 33132

For more information regarding Friday’s hearing, please contact Adriana Pereira at (202) 225-2778 or Justin Harclerode at (202) 226-8767.