Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current CosponsorsAmata Coleman RadewagenGabbard*, Gaetz,
Hanabusa*, Jones, Norcross, Yoder, Don Young* 

Dear Colleague,

Please join myself, Reps. Don Young and Hanabusa as a cosponsor to the Civil Defense Accountability Act of 2018 (H.R. 4949).

On January 13, 2018, during an emergency readiness exercise, a ballistic missile alert reading: ‘‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL’’ was mistakenly sent to individuals throughout Hawai’i. This accidental
alert went uncorrected for 38 minutes, leaving over a million residents and visitors of Hawai‘i terrified and confused, thinking they had just minutes to live, and seeking out their loved ones to share their final goodbyes. Though this event resulted due to
human error, it revealed serious gaps in state and federal systems. Given the reality of the threats we face today from countries like North Korea, this false missile alert incident has called the nation’s civil defense readiness and ability to communicate
with the public into question.

The Civil Defense Accountability Act of 2018 (H.R. 4949) will improve the nation’s civil defense plans to better protect the public by requiring the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to provide Congress with an assessment on its notification protocols, both with state entities and as well as the general public, in regards to ballistic missile threats, while instructing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to report
an assessment of its department’s ability to respond to other serious emergencies and threats. 

This bill also begins a civil defense initiative through DHS that will examine the emergency response plans of various coastal and non-coastal states. This initiative will identify best practices and deficiencies and report them to Congress, and will then
deliver a report to each state that details the minimum requirements and best practices for an effective civil defense plan. This initiative will integrate state and federal plans, which will fill the current notification gaps. To view a section by section
summary of the legislation, click here.

Join us in helping to improve our civil defense strategy and accountability to better protect Americans from external threats, improve federal and state emergency response coordination, and prevent the the incident that occurred in Hawai‘i from occurring
again anywhere in the future. If you would like to join as a cosponsor or for more information, please contact Guido Weiss at



Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress


Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Armed Services, Government, Homeland Security, Transportation

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4949
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