The department of Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs conducted a full committee hearing on April 12, 2021. Member statements from Chairman Gary C. Peters, D (MI) and ranking member Rob Portman, R (OH) made statements.
The hearings were conducted as a follow-up to the country’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic to identify lessons learned so that in the event of future pandemics, we are better prepared. Elizabeth Zimmerman, former associate administrator of the Office of Response and Recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said “what we’ve noticed is that hospitals don’t have supply on hand for much more than a few days. Hospitals use a “just in time” inventory, she continued, “so that they can get the supplies they need for their day-to-day operations to come in, and they don’t have to also have a huge warehouse to store them. They rely on the private sector for doing that”.
The hearing is interesting, the video is available at the link above and listening to it is time well spent. We need to be prepared, we can’t depend on things to calm down, we are still in the throws of this pandemic. Listen in, see if you meet the mark for preparedness and what lessons you have learned over the past year! Stay well, mask up and stay tuned!