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House Proceeding 09-30-09 on Sep 30th, 2009 :: 1:56:55 to 2:07:10
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Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:56:52 to 1:57:13( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: wanted to yield as much time as the gentlelady from guam may consume to talk about the circumstances that are going on in her district. i will gladly yield to ms. bordallo. ms. bordallo: mr. speaker, thank you very musm i want to thank the gentleman from ohio

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:56:55 to 2:07:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:57:36 to 1:57:56( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: tonga trench of the pacific ocean. the epicenter of this earthquake is estimated to be about 120 miles south of the islands of independent or western samoa and american samoa, which is represented in this body by our distinguished colleague, mr. faleomavaega. the strength of the earthquake

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:57:57 to 1:58:19( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: was measured by the united states geological survey at 8.0 magnitude on the richter scale. eyewitnesses, mechanic, indicate that the tsunami triggered by this earth quage brought four back-to-back series of waves, ranging from 15 to 20 feet in height to t shores of american samoa and

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:58:20 to 1:58:40( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: that these powerful what waves penetrated up to a mile inland upon impact. given the gravity of the situation at hand, mr. speaker, i coey on behalf of my constituents, the people of guam, our deepest condolences and sympathies to the governor and the first lady of american samoa and to our colleague, mr. faleomavaega.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:58:41 to 1:59:01( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: and their entircommunity on this tragedy. our hearts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones or who have been injured as a result of the disaster. mr. speaker, our island communities in the pacific stand in solidarity with the people of smea what, as do

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:59:02 to 1:59:23( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: fellow americans across the country. when disaster strike we pull together as americans and as a country and in the pacific, we do so as fellow islanders. the people of american samoa are no strangers to the course of nature and the forces of the sea. the snowian culture has survived over centuries. living in harmony with the sea

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:59:24 to 1:59:44( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: is rooted deep in their culture and way of life. er that great seafaring and resilient people with a strong sense of family and community. we know they are pulling gether at this time to comfort and console each other to begin to rebuild and recover. their spirit has not been diminished or dampened.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

1:59:45 to 2:00:06( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: rather, it is being tested and they are answering the call tremendously. the fatality rate for this disaster continues to rise as does the number reported to have been injured, and we grieve with our fellow americans. the predent this morning issued a major disaster declaration for american samoa and the federal emergency

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:00:07 to 2:00:29( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: management agency fema, under the leadership of its administrator, mr. frank craig fugate, is marshaling the resources as we speak. a u.s. navy frigate has been dispatched to bring relief.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:00:30 to 2:00:50( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: the arrival in samoa of other assets will continue in the coming hours, bringing food, water, medical supplies, and personnel. all branches of our military, including the national guard, are organizing their contribution to this mission as we speak. our allies and friends in the region have already reached out, extending invaluable

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:00:51 to 2:01:11( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: diplomatic lines of support and important messages of support. leaders have been in round-the-clock communication with federal leaders and leaders of neighboring islands as to the situation on the ground and the status of

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:01:12 to 2:01:33( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: recovery efforts. mr. faleomavaega would be with us today as we continue our legislative duties in congress, but recognizably, he's on his way home. i know several of my other colleagues intended join me tonight in commenting on this tragedy and in sending words of condolence and encouragement to mr. faleomavaega's constituency.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:01:34 to 2:01:54( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: i am facilitating this special order as chairwoman on the subcommittee of sular affairs oceans and wildlife. our chairman of the natural resources committee, mr. rahall, of west virginia is unable to join us in person, but his remarks will be entered into the record and he has asked me to speak to this matter.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:01:55 to 2:02:17( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: before yielding, however, i want to also emphasize the importance that this tragedy has underscored for the network of federal disaster and natural hazard resources and partnerships spanning the pacific region. the united states geological survey of the department of the interior has provided realtime

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:02:18 to 2:02:39( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: data on the earthquake. the pacific tsunami warning sthosme national oceanic atmospheric administration issues the watches, warnings and advisories for the region with respect to the tsunami and continues to stand watch. the oceans, the national ocean servicand other comments of noaa have been working in the

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:02:40 to 2:03:00( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: region and with local officials in recent years to improve natural hazard planning and map the coastal areas for their vulnerability. fema's national response coordination center and regional response coordination center have been critical to these early response efforts, as has the incident management assistance team and the

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:03:01 to 2:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: planning and response team that they have deployed to provide direct support in american samoa. the coast guard and other components of the department of homeland security have set in motion as well important services supporting these recovery efforts. every branch of the armed service under the pacific

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:03:22 to 2:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: command is also to be recognized for the humanitarian missions that th have put under way for the people of american samoa, western samoa and the kingdom of tonga. personnel at the office of affairs at the department of interior and the department of state are also initiating response efforts within their respective agencies and with

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:03:43 to 2:04:04( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: the governments of the affected islands. most importantly are the first responders and the civilian defense authorities and the personnel of the government of american samoa, including those working at the l.b.j. tropical medical center, caring for the many, many injured. they are to be commended for the outstanding job they are performing in this time of

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:04:05 to 2:04:25( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: urgent need and ultimately, after recovery, we will review and examine the sequence of steps leading up to and immediately following this natural disaster. we will do so for the purpose of further bolstering our defense and to improveur capability to prepare for and respond to such disasters.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:04:26 to 2:04:47( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: i know mr. faleomavaega has long been a leader in congress for strengthening fema and noaa's capabilities in the pacific region and i have joined him in working to prosect such -- protect such disaster assistance and weather forecast today under the terms of the compact. we have also worked to build the resources in the territory.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:04:48 to 2:05:09( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: four years ago, in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami, wch hit indonesia and affected more than 12 other countries in southeast asia, mr. fale legislation to specifically provide for the establishment of a tsunami hazard mitigation program for all the united states insular

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:05:10 to 2:05:32( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: mr. faleomavaega's legislation was ultimately incorporated into an act of the 109th congress. public law 109-424. which includes tsunami detection, forecasting, warnings, notification, pro pairedness, and mitigation for the entire united states, and is a basis for the united states leadership toward the

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:05:33 to 2:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: development of a global, integrated tsunami warning and education system. mr. speaker, we will have challenges before us in term of preparing our islands and coastal communities for tsunamis and other natural disasters, but we have come a long way, especially since the federal government established

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:05:54 to 2:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: the pacific tsunami warning center in hawaii in 1948. on guam, we have weathered many, many soup tire foons and earthquakes, among other natural disasters. we recognize the tremendous lift that is provided to a community when our brothers and our sisters reach out to lend a helping hand and words of

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:06:15 to 2:06:37( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: encouragement. when bkup resources are sent and leaders work together in time of need, we pull together and we recover. this is the american way. but it is also deeply rooted in the values of the indigenous people of the pacific, including our samoan friends.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:06:38 to 2:06:58( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: i know mr. faleomavaega and his constituents and the governor have the support of this body with respect to recovery from this disaster, so we look forward to working with them in the coming days and weeks, to ensure the lines of relief are there for their community: i want to again, mr. speaker, thank mrryan of ohio for his

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

2:06:59 to 2:07:10( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: indulgence in allowi me to utilize some of his time tonight and mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleagues r keeping the people of american samoa, western samoa and the

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