President Trump signs the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to a Marine One departure at the South Lawn of the White House September 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to North and South Carolinas to visit the area that was affected by Hurricane Florence. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.

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