From: The Honorable Adam B. Schiff
What can you do if you know an earthquake will hit in 10 seconds?
• Slow trains to prevent derailment
• Stop elevators and open doors
• Pause surgeries and delicate medical procedures
• Control power grid to prevent damage and blackouts
• Halt handling hazardous chemicals to prevent spills
• Open firehouse doors and safeguard first responders
• Take cover under a desk or move away from heavy objects
Support investment in an Earthquake Early Warning System!
Current signers: Becerra, Bonamici, Cardenas, Costa, DeFazio*, DelBene, Eshoo, Honda, Huffman, Kilmer*, Lee, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Napolitano, Roybal-Allard, Schrader, Sherman, Speier, Swalwell, Waters
We can’t predict when earthquakes will occur, but for the tens of millions of people on the West Coast living near major faults, the fact that they will occur is a certainty. There is now a proven technology that is already fully operational in countries
like Mexico and Japan that can provide a warning before the damaging shaking arrives – long enough to save lives and prevent billions in damages.
The Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system for the West Coast, called ShakeAlert, was developed by the US Geological Survey (USGS) in collaboration with Caltech, UC Berkeley, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. It detects waves radiating
from the epicenter of an earthquake and can provide people with several seconds to a couple minutes of warning for users through their phones and computers, depending on their distance from the epicenter. With advanced notice, people can take cover, automated
systems can be triggered to slow down trains and manage the power grid, doctors can pause surgeries, and more.
With concern regarding the heightened risk of a major earthquake resulting from increased seismic activity near the San Andreas Fault, coupled with the prospect of an M9 earthquake along the Pacific Northwest Coast, there is public demand for EEW to be fully
Congress recognizes the value of this system and has demonstrated its commitment to providing additional resources for EEW by including funding in the FY2015 and FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Acts and continued funding support in the House and Senate FY2017
Interior Appropriations bills. To follow through on the commitments made by the Federal Government, as well as growing funding from states and the private sector, it is critical that this program be fully funded at $16.1 million annually so the West Coast
will be prepared for a catastrophic earthquake.
Please join us in urging the Office of Management and Budget to recommend that the next administration include $16.1 million in the FY2018 budget for the development of this system. This is a proven technology that will save lives and reduce the economic
impact of an earthquake—it simply needs to be properly funded.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Courtney Fogwell in Representative Adam Schiff’s office (Courtney.Fogwell@mail.house.gov), Katie Allen in Representative Derek Kilmer’s office
(Katie.R.Allen@mail.house.gov), or Liz Cooney in Representative Peter DeFazio’s office (Liz.Cooney@mail.house.gov). Deadline for signatures is Monday,
November 14 (extended).