12 Nov 2009

Hearing scheduled in American Samoa on emergency preparedness and response

4:22 pm on 12 November 2009

A hearing in American Samoa next week will look at how prepared the territory is for another disaster.

The chairperson of the House Committee on Homeland Security says the hearing, which is scheduled for November the 18th, will include a review of weaknesses in the response to the tsunami at the end of September.

Maugaoalii Leapai Sipa Anoai says evacuation sites should have been identified for people in different areas to go to and the hearing will evaluate the emergency alert system.

Witnesses being called to testify at the hearing include the director of Homeland Security, Tuala Mike Sala, the meteorologist in charge at the Tafuna Weather Service, Mase Akapo Akapo, the Governor's Authorised Representative, Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford and the Commissioner of Public Safety, Tuaolo Fruean.