184May 22, 2013
FEMA Response to Oklahoma Tornadoes
James Lee Watt, speaking by phone, talked about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to the May 20, 2013, tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, to the tornado that hit the ...
225Jun 18, 2010
James Lee Witt on Natural Disaster Responses
James Lee Witt talked about his years as the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Clinton administration, the earthquake in Haiti, the BP oil spill, and the upcoming ...
107Apr 26, 2007
FEMA Preparedness and Response
Witnesses testified about organizational restructuring and emergency response procedures, as well as post-Katrina reconstruction efforts, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They also ...
86Aug 21, 2006
After Words with Robert Block
Robert Block was interviewed about the book he co-authored with Christopher Cooper, Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security, published by Times ...
23Apr 12, 2006
Gulf Coast Reconstruction
At an event on reconstruction efforts and emergency preparedness following Gulf Coast hurricanes keynote addresses were made by Representative Tom Davis and by former Director of FEMA James Lee ...
22Mar 7, 2006
Emergency Preparedness Issues
The panelists talked about the results of a national survey on preparedness for catastrophes and emergencies and future steps to improve readiness. They also talked about lessons learned from ...
33Nov 29, 2005
Federal Disaster Relief
Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Witt, chairman and chief executive officer of James Lee Witt Associates, spoke about Hurricanes Rita and Katrina relief efforts and related issues ...
35Nov 28, 2005
Emergency Preparedness and Responses
Former officials talk about disaster preparedness, federal responses to emergencies, and the role of the federal government in relief and recovery efforts. They also talked about lessons ...
48May 22, 2004
Democratic National Committee Platform Hearing
Witnesses testified regarding homeland security, first responders, and related issues. There is a brief interruption in this program.
19Jan 22, 2003
Book Discussion on Stronger in the Broken Places
Mr. Witt talked about his book Stronger in the Broken Places: Nine Lessons for Turning Crisis into Triumph, published by Henry Holt and Company. In the book, the author talks about ...
6Nov 30, 2000
Leadership Challenges for Presidential Appointees
To mark the release of The 2000 Prune Book, participants talked about staffing a new Cabinet and administration. Among the topics they addressed were the qualifications required for ...
77Nov 5, 2000
Get Out the Vote Rally
President Clinton and other Democratic dignitaries spoke in support of Mr. Ross' candidacy. They also praised Clinton administration accomplishments.
23Jun 27, 2000
Mr. Witt and Mr. Merrell briefed the media on the findings of a five-year study of the
nation’s coastal erosion hazard. Due to global warming, the Atlantic and Gulf ...
13Jun 12, 2000
Service to America Summit
Participants talked about various ways local broadcasters serve their community. Mr. Mfume spoke about the importance of diversity in broadcast programs and different viewing habits of ...
16Jun 6, 2000
Hurricane Preparedness and Response Policies
Weather and emergency management experts discussed potential public policy changes to improve the country’s state of disaster preparation and response for the upcoming hurricane season, which ...
8May 10, 2000
Hurricane Season Outlook
Weather and emergency officials briefed reporters on the outlook and the potential impact on the U.S. of the upcoming hurricane season. They said that they expected the season to be more active ...
69Feb 17, 2000
How Congress Affects Our Daily Lives
Participants spoke to students about how actions taken in Congress affect the daily lives of Americans. Among the issues they addressed were the government’s role in disaster relief, the ...
18Jan 1, 2000
FEMA Year 2000 Briefing
Mr. Witt and Secretary Slater reported that no year 2000 computer problems have been reported in emergency and other systems. They responded to questions from the media.
9Dec 31, 1999
Year 2000 FEMA Update
Mr. Witt reported that no problems have been reported yet in the computers of emergency agencies in the U.S. After his prepared remarks he responded to questions from the media.
9Dec 31, 1999
FEMA Year 2000 Briefing
Mr. Witt talked with reporters about the status of Federal Emergency Management preparations for the year 2000 rollover. He said that no failures have happened in the U.S. so far. He ...
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