Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Emergency Preparedness


This booklet was started long before the threat of ISIS became eminent, the concern over thousands of terrorists with Western passports was realized, or the threat of an Ebola outbreak reached American shores. What those concerns impressed upon us though, was the importance of being calm and prepared for some of the unexpected or unanticipated twists and turns in life. People are much less likely to panic in a crisis if they have a plan and are prepared ahead of time so that everyone knows what they need to do.

Increasingly, emergency preparedness is a key issue affecting our nation’s future and impact on our economy and citizens. This booklet is intended to assist our citizens in responding to terrorist threats, natural disasters and other crises.

This booklet is a “beginner’s handbook” for dealing with sudden, unwelcome changes in our day-to-day lives. By no means is this a comprehensive guide with answers to any and all emergencies, but can be a good place to start. There are several websites listed throughout and at the end of the booklet offering great places to go for further information on the topics we are discussing as well as other related issues. An informed and prepared public can and will reduce the serious impact any city or state incurs when there is an emergency. Having as many people as possible able to sustain themselves for several days will allow the emergency personnel to direct their efforts to those in the most critical need of help. If you remember the chaos we all saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Super-Storm Sandy or the Boston bombing, you can appreciate the need to be prepared even more.

As a precaution, we want to remind you we are not recommending any particular product or service and you should never begin taking medicine without fully discussing these with your doctor. Preparation has a way of allaying fear of the unknown. The one comment emphasized by everyone threatened by nature or man-made terror is to not give into the scare tactics and lead our lives as normally as we always have. We hope this information helps. 

U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger
North Carolina’s 9th District
Chairman, Congressional Taskforce on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare

Additional Resources on Terrorism: Understanding New and Emerging Threats

What ISIS Really Wants
By: Graeme Wood
The Atlantic

More on Emergency Preparedness

Apr 19, 2017 Press Release
President Donald J. Trump signed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s radar legislation into law, setting into motion a 180-day study by the Commerce Department into Charlotte’s lack of adequate radar coverage. Following completion of the study, the Commerce Department will have 90 days to submit a plan to fix the radar gap.
Apr 5, 2017 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R. 353) which includes Congressman Pittenger’s legislation requiring the Commerce Department to study and quickly develop a solution to Charlotte’s radar gap.
Mar 9, 2017 Press Release
As part of his commitment to help residents of Cumberland, Robeson, and Bladen counties recover from Hurricane Matthew, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is encouraging local youth to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council.
Mar 8, 2017 Press Release
Charlotte is the largest metropolitan area in the United States without local National Weather Service Doppler radar coverage. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) introduced legislation (H.R. 1427) requiring the Commerce Secretary to analyze this “radar gap” and develop a solution.
Mar 2, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) testified before a House subcommittee on the need for improved National Weather Service radar coverage in the Charlotte region.
Dec 7, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) announced the inclusion of Hurricane Matthew recovery assistance funding for the state of North Carolina in the Continuing Resolution funding bill.
May 25, 2016 Press Release
The House Appropriations Committee adopted language proposed by Congressman Robert Pittenger requiring the Secretary of Commerce to study National Weather Service radar coverage gaps and quickly develop a plan to fix deficiencies.
Mar 18, 2015 Press Release
Today, former CIA Director James Woolsey and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff reacted to the launch of and the need for Americans to take common sense steps to prepare for a potential terrorist attack.
Mar 18, 2015 Press Release
Today, former CIA Director James Woolsey and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff reacted to the launch of and the need for Americans to take common sense steps to prepare for a potential terrorist attack.
Mar 13, 2015 Press Release
This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel to discuss, the potential for terrorist activity in the United States, and prudent steps ordinary Americans should take to be prepared.