Congressman Andre Carson of the subcommittee that oversees FEMA says public safety practitioners have no better opening than now to educate Congress on alerting issues.
The ranking member of the House sub-committee that oversees FEMA has encouraged public safety practitioners to launch a “fortified effort” to educate Capitol Hill on alerting issues. Representative Andre’ Carson (D-IN) says public safety practitioners concerned about alerting have “no better opening than you have now” to get attention of Congress. Specific issues on his mind, as he addressed the recent Smart Spectrum Summit which focused on alerting:
During his speech, Congressman Carson said deficiencies remain in alerting that he thinks must be addressed, namely effectively reaching elderly, disabled and non-English speaking individuals. He said, “There were too many horror stories after Hurricane Katrina and Sandy about the difficulties experienced by the disabled and the elderly, and I believe we can and must do better.”
Carson said public safety practitioners are in a good position to get Congressional attention by tying alerting issues to public safety, thus avoiding esoterics and abstracts. If the fortified effort is followed through, Carson said we could see a “turnaround” by Congress.
We think Congressman Carson is right. There are major alerting issues swirling around. In fact, we may be reaching a new “age of alerting.” Congress will be involved. Do we want them to act on alerting issues without hearing a strong public safety voice?