Lawmakers look to update Pennsylvania's disaster response

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 28, 2018 8:36 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A state Senate Committee is seeking to update Pennsylvania's response to major emergencies. 

The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held the first of two hearings last week on legislation to update the state's ability to prevent, and/or,  respond to natural and man-made disasters.

The last update was 1996.

Rick Flinn, Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, says one of the biggest issues centers on what happens once a major event is over.

"After the life-saving side has occured we find that disaster survivors have been flooded out , homes destroyed, all their personal belongings affected and we don't really have the ability to take care of them as we would think we have, "  he said.

A second hearing set for Monday will feature testimony from first responders and local government officials.  

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