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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on False Emergency Alert Warnings

February 6, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Donovan released the below statement following the false tsunami warning alerts that were wrongly issued to East Coast residents, including New Yorkers, today. Donovan held a congressional hearing on analyzing the effectiveness our nation’s emergency alerts and warnings this morning:

“When a disaster strikes, emergency alerts can be the difference between life and death – but only if they are accurate, effective and dependable. Today’s false tsunami alerts, which followed the chaos seen in Hawaii just last month, show that immediate changes to our nation’s alert systems are needed. We can’t let these mistakes happen again, and I will be using testimony from my hearing to address these issues. Strengthening our preparedness measures is not an option, it’s critical to protecting Americans across the country.”

-- Congressman Dan Donovan is the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications. He is New York City’s only Republican representative.