Today, Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) stood in for Ranking Member Mike Rogers (AL-03) during the Committee on Homeland Security Hearing on Assessing FEMA’s Readiness for Future Disasters. Chairman Bennie Thompson (MS-02) presided over the hearing with Congressman Guest representing the Republicans on the committee.

Watch opening remarks HERE

In his opening statement, Congressman Guest cited disaster preparedness as a crucial piece of FEMA’s mission to protect Americans from disaster. “With the 2019 hurricane season officially underway, the resilience of FEMA and the American people will once again be tested,” Guest said. “FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during, and after a disaster. As a Mississippian, I share a state with the Chairman that is prone to natural disasters and I am familiar with how devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding can be. It’s the strength of the federal-state partnership that is the key to successful disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.”

In the hearing, FEMA representatives discussed a lack of resources and employees to adequately respond to natural disasters in the coming year.

You can find Congressman Guest’s opening statement by clicking here.

Congressman Michael Guest Press Release