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

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release
Following a May 25th conference call with Secretary Ben Carson, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has helped secure $32 million for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in North Carolina.
Jul 24, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced over $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to assist with repairs to public buildings in Robeson County damaged by Hurricane Matthew.
Jul 12, 2017 Press Release





May 31, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) toured neighborhoods in Fayetteville, Hope Mills, and Bladen County which are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. This latest tour is part of his ongoing efforts to secure additional disaster recovery funding, including regular communication with FEMA, HUD, and House Appropriations.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) spoke with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson regarding additional funding to help eastern North Carolina recover from Hurricane Matthew.
May 16, 2017 Press Release
Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey took Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) on a tour of communities still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. Congressman Pittenger also met with Lumberton City Manager Wayne Horne as part of his continuing effort to respond to local needs and share firsthand updates with Washington.
May 10, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who has been actively engaged with local leaders on Hurricane Matthew funding needs since October 2016, issued this statement in response to Governor Cooper’s letter:
May 3, 2017 Press Release
As part of his ongoing efforts to support rural North Carolina communities, agriculture, and health care, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is working to secure passage of the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
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.