Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Welcomes Commissioner Coletta at Congressional Hearing on Emergency Management

Sep 29, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

WASHINGTON, DC-Tomorrow Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), the Ranking Republican of the Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, will co-chair a hearing on the nation’s emergency alert and warning system.  Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta has been called as a witness and will be testifying before Congress. 

“Commissioner Coletta exemplifies the true meaning of public service, always putting the needs of his community first.  His leadership, service and commitment to Collier County are invaluable.  I thank him for his willingness to join Congress as we explore how to best improve our nation’s public alert and warning system, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance the needs of Southwest Florida,” said Diaz-Balart.  

The nation’s public alert and warning system dates back to the 1960’s and its ability to notify Americans of emergencies in a timely and comprehensive fashion it questionable.  Earlier this year, Diaz-Balart introduced H.R. 2591, The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Act, which requires FEMA to modernize and implement an integrated public alerts and warning system.  

The hearing, titled: “This is NOT a Test: Will the Nation’s Emergency Alert System Deliver the President’s Message to the Public?” is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30th in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.  It will be webcasted live at: