Seattle City Council
9/8/2005 2:43:00 PM
Lisa Herbold (206) 684-8803
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TO EVALUATE CITY'S EMERGENCY PLANS
Committee amends agenda to address emergency preparedness
SEATTLE –Tomorrow, Friday September 9th at 2:00 p.m., the Council’s committee on public safety will hear a briefing on Seattle’s disaster plan as well as its response and relief effort for the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Barb Graff, the city’s director of Emergency Management, will brief Councilmembers.
Tuesday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m., the Public Safety, Civil Rights & Arts Committee will receive a briefing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
These two briefings will help inform Councilmembers what Seattle has done—and still needs to do—to improve its own preparation for disaster.
“The fabric of our nation has been torn by this recent very visible failure to take care of its own during the horrific events in Louisiana,” said Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the committee on public safety. “We now face a crisis of trust,” he adds. “I believe it is government’s responsibility—and we should be held accountable—to have a viable plan in place before disaster hits.”