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Lawmakers Call for Probe of Federal Response to Puerto Rico Hurricane
A group of Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill today to establish an independent commission to investigate the federal response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico last year, citing reporting from FRONTLINE and NPR on the disaster.
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY); Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS); Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the bill in both chambers. The proposed commission would be tasked with examining several aspects of the disaster, including the death toll, Puerto Rico’s dire economic situation before the storm, and the federal government’s capacity to respond to disasters on the island…
Poll Shows Americans Fear Natural Disasters More than Terrorism, Global Pandemic or Cyber-Attack Combined
Healthcare Ready, today released findings from a new national survey of 1,127 adults, which found for the third year in a row that the potential of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, flood or wildfire, is the type of threat that causes most concern among Americans. Individual’s concern about natural disasters (33 percent) continues to exceed worry about terrorist attacks (15 percent), cyber-attacks (eight percent), environmental disasters (five percent), or disease outbreaks (13 percent). The poll was conducted by international polling firm YouGov for Healthcare Ready, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit that works with the public and private sector to address healthcare resilience before, during and after disasters….
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