There are updates to our national earthquake preparedness programs.
A news release sent by Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office said the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act was signed by the president on this week.
Alaska’s senior senator says the legislation modernizes safety programs to help prepare for and respond to earthquakes.
According to Senator Murkowski, “The revamped earthquake hazards reduction program will help equip Alaskans and all Americans in seismically active states with the most advanced science and technology to better protect lives and communities.”
The bill also calls for development of early warning systems and a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s earthquake risk reduction progress, a report on areas that need more funding, plus an evaluation of resulting hazards like tsunamis and landslides.