Require Members to undergo emergency preparedness training to ensure our government is fully prepared in the event of a crisis.
Administrative inefficiencies go beyond concerns of time and resources. Currently, the onboarding process for Members and their staff is decentralized and inconsistent. While emergency preparedness is mandatory for staff, Members are not required to undergo training. This inconsistency across offices presents safety and security concerns, as well as inefficiencies of time and communication.
While these security concerns are expanded upon in the chapter on congressional continuity (see Chapter 9), the Committee also recommends a streamlined emergency preparedness training to improve administrative efficiency. Specifically, the Committee recommends that Members undergo mandatory emergency preparedness training for all Members. In addition, the Committee recommends the House Sergeant at Arms Office and the Capitol Police coordinate periodic emergency preparedness training for Members.