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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

04-911-11 on Mar 23, 2004

Decided Jul 22, 2004
Report: the 9/11 Commission Report
Source: The 9/11 Commission Report, p.396-97
Command, Control, and Communications: The attacks on 9/11 demonstrated that even the most robust emergency response capabilities can be overwhelmed if an attack is large enough. Teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation at an incident site are critical to a successful response. Regular joint training at all levels is, moreover, essential to ensuring close coordination during an actual incident.
Recommendation: Emergency response agencies nationwide should adopt the Incident Command System (ICS). When multiple agencies or multiple jurisdictions are involved, they should adopt a unified command. Both are proven frameworks for emergency response. In the future, the Department of Homeland Security should consider making funding contingent on aggressive and realistic training in accordance with ICS and unified command procedures.
The inability to communicate was a critical element at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania, crash sites, where multiple agencies and multiple jurisdictions responded. The occurrence of this problem at three very different sites is strong evidence that compatible and adequate communications among public safety organizations at the local, state, and federal levels remains an important problem.
Recommendation: Congress should support pending legislation which provides for the expedited and increased assignment of radio spectrum for public safety purposes. Furthermore, high-risk urban areas such as New York City and Washington, D. C. , should establish signal corps units to ensure communications connectivity between and among civilian authorities, local first responders, and the National Guard. Federal funding of such units should be given high priority by Congress.


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Fund better communications between emergency responders

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 04-911-11

Lee Hamilton s1sIndiana Democrat (Until 2004) 
Bob Kerrey s1sNE Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) 
Tim Roemer s1sIndiana Democrat 



Republicans participating in 04-911-11

Slade Gorton s1sWA Republican Senator (Former) 
Thomas Kean s1sNJ Former Republican Governor (1982-1989) 
James Thompson s1sIL Former Republican Governor (1977-1990) 



Independents participating in 04-911-11



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 3
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0


















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