The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will hold a hearing in Pittsburgh on September 2nd to consider updating the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Code, according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich.

The hearing is set for 10am at the Southwest Veterans Center, 7060 Highland Drive, Pittsburgh.

“This Code was last amended in 1996 and needs to be reviewed,” Senator Vulakovich said. “Since then, there have been numerous incidents and natural disasters that necessitate updates to the law including the 2007 Valentine’s Day Winter Storm, Hurricane Katrina, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”

Senator Vulakovich said the committee will also consider other factors including the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Commonwealth’s nine Regional Task Forces, as well as new federal guidelines and programs relating to all-hazard disasters.

Officials scheduled to testify at the hearing include:

  • Richard Flinn, Jr., Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
  • Major Angelo Martin, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Pennsylvania State Police.
  • Martin Raniowski, Deputy Secretary for Health Planning & Assessment with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
  • Roy Shipley, President of the Keystone Emergency Management Association.
  • Alvin Henderson, Jr., Chief Allegheny County Emergency Services
  • Elam Herr, Assistant Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.
  • Don Konkle, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute.
  • Joe Koval, President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association.

Contact: Nate Silcox (717) 787-6538