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House Proceeding 11-06-07 on Nov 6th, 2007 :: 4:08:51 to 4:17:13
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Sam Graves

4:06:54 to 4:08:51( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sam Graves

Sam Graves

4:08:38 to 4:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Graves: time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: you i'm pleased to rise in support of my bill, h.r. 3495, the kids wish act. before i start,

Corrine Brown

4:08:51 to 4:09:04( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: i would like to thank chairman oberstar and chairwoman norton for their work in bringing this bill through the transportation and infrastructure committee. i also would like to thank ranking

Corrine Brown

4:08:51 to 4:17:13( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown

4:09:04 to 4:09:16( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: member mica and graves for their bipartisan support. their leadership and their staff have been instrumental in strengthening the merits of the bill and the concept of this commission. finally, i would

Corrine Brown

4:09:16 to 4:09:29( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: like to thank the house leadership for bringing this important bill to the floor so quickly. the children's wish act will establish a national commission on children and disaster that will conduct

Corrine Brown

4:09:29 to 4:09:43( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: a exrehnsive study to examine and access the needs of children to prepare for, respond to and recover from all major disasters and emergencies. the bipartisan commission will report to the

Corrine Brown

4:09:43 to 4:10:00( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: president d congress on their findings. conclusions and recommendations to address the needs of children and emergencies. in addition, the commission will consider the needs for a permanent national resource

Corrine Brown

4:10:00 to 4:10:20( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: center on children and disaster that will be a resource for emergency managers, schools, housing agencies, transportation and other relevant organization. disaster and emergency strike all over this

Corrine Brown

4:10:20 to 4:10:35( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: country and they affect children in small and large numbers. this spring in kansas which has a population of 1,389, experienced a horrible tornado. children aged zero to 17 make up 25% of the

Corrine Brown

4:10:35 to 4:10:52( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: population in kansas. that wou translate into about 347 children who was affected. this maybe a small number compared to hurricane katrina but each of those children's lives were ultimately changed

Corrine Brown

4:10:52 to 4:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: after this one tornado. in the san diego area as a result of the recent wildfires, nearly 850,000 people were evacuated. in california the population is about 26% children, 0 to 17. so that

Corrine Brown

4:11:10 to 4:11:22( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: translates to roughly 220,000 children who had to be evacuated. on october 27, 2007, fema reported that 13,000-plus individuals were housed in shelters. that translates to roughly 3,500 children.

Corrine Brown

4:11:22 to 4:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: since hurricane katrina, many improvements to our emergency management system have been made. but there's still much work to be done. the basic tenant of disaster and emergency is to make a plan,

Corrine Brown

4:11:34 to 4:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: make a plan. you hear this in public service announcements all over florida and in the gulf coast and it is written on many other materials distributed by fema. make a plan, make a plan.

Corrine Brown

4:11:48 to 4:11:59( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: but for all of that talk, we do not have a plan for children. children is one of our most vulnerable populations and their needs are unique and cannot be easi assumed from emergency plans for

Corrine Brown

4:11:59 to 4:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: adults. earlier this year, i met with the chief of the division of community pediatrics from the university of florida and he brought to my attention that emergency evacuation equipment

Corrine Brown

4:12:14 to 4:12:26( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: is often brought for adults, but children cannot be transported in adult equipment and often that type of equipment is missing. from tubing to oxygen masks and ventilaters, children need equipment

Corrine Brown

4:12:26 to 4:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: that have been specifically designed for their size. do you know if the hospital in your district are prepared for children in an emergency situation? hospital is just one of the many areas

Corrine Brown

4:12:40 to 4:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: where improvements can be made for children in emergency situations and why the commission is needed. more than 400,000 children under the age of 5 live and were evacuated from counties and

Corrine Brown

4:12:56 to 4:13:12( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: parishes that were declared a disaster area by fema in response to hurricane katrina. in addition, 1,100 schools were closed immediately following hurricane katrina. two years later only 45% of new

Corrine Brown

4:13:12 to 4:13:24( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: orleans' schools have reopened. finally the most startling statistic from hurricane katrina is that 5,192 children was missing or displaced and it took nearly six and a half months to unite each child with

Corrine Brown

4:13:24 to 4:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: their parent. however, the effect of disaster on children are not limited to this magnitude. in addition to this day in age, we cannot keep thinking that children will not be harmed in a

Corrine Brown

4:13:41 to 4:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: terrorist attack. in 1995, 19 children was killed and more than 80 children was injured at the oklahoma city bombing. more than 6,000 children in the immediate area of ground zero during 9/11

Corrine Brown

4:13:55 to 4:14:11( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: if the attacks were more widespread it would have reached over 1.2 million public school students. in the d.c. area, we are painfully aware that during the sniper shooting, schools and

Corrine Brown

4:14:11 to 4:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: children are not overlooked by terrorists. we must have a plan for children in the event of another terrorist attack. . i have called on fema to help experts on children and disaster as a member

Corrine Brown

4:14:22 to 4:14:35( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: of the national advisory counsel. i authored an amendment to the fiscal year 2008 homeland security appropriation bill that will add $1 million specifically for children and disaster. finally i

Corrine Brown

4:14:35 to 4:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: had an important form with experts from emergency management, pediatric, and disaster recorey to discuss how to pre pare, respond, and recover from all hazards for children. over 100 people attending

Corrine Brown

4:14:46 to 4:14:56( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: this briefing to show their support for the legislation. as adults we may think this is unnecessary but once again we must think our children are different. i encourage the commission to

Corrine Brown

4:14:56 to 4:15:10( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: think outside the box. children are a diverse group and the commission should remember s children in the contents of private school, preschool, after school programs, daycare facilities, pregnant

Corrine Brown

4:15:10 to 4:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: women, foster children, and/or fannage -- orphannage, last year congress passed the pet evacuation and transportation standard of 2006. congress has recognized how pets can slip through the

Corrine Brown

4:15:23 to 4:15:38( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: cracks during an emergency but have yet to have a plan for children in an emergency. children should not be forced to suffer through another learning experi ence like hurricane katrina. congress

Corrine Brown

4:15:38 to 4:15:52( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: must look forward and discover a comprehensive strategy for children in emergencies that may happen such as a epidemic flu or terrorist attack or a major earthquake. a national commission

Corrine Brown

4:15:52 to 4:16:04( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: is imperative to make progress. this commissionom will solidify some of the already good work that other organizations are doing and provide recommendations for better coordination of local,

Corrine Brown

4:16:04 to 4:16:19( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: state, and federal level. i also would like to thank organizations who have supported this bill. i want to recognize the crucial work of mark shriver from save the children who led the coalition

Corrine Brown

4:16:19 to 4:16:33( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: of children advocate groups. madam speaker -- mr. speaker, i ask for ananimous consent that the list of groups be inserted into the record. i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 3495,

Corrine Brown

4:16:33 to 4:17:13( Edit History Discussion )

Corrine Brown: the kids wish act. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from missouri. >> if i might inquire if the chairwoman

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