DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
Sent By:
elizabeth.songvilay@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/30/2017

Reps. Hanabusa and Gabbard would like to invite your boss to sign the appropriations request letter (below) requesting critical funding for the Volcano Hazards Program.  This request is to the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment,
and Related Agencies, which is due TODAY.  

Here is a list of states this program benefits: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Northern Marianas Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

And, here is a map of the areas where the volcanic activity monitored by this program are:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vhp/hazards.html.

Current signatures: Hanabusa, Gabbard, Don Young, DeFazio

Deadline to sign on: 4pm TODAY.  Please email elizabeth.songvilay@mail.house.gov to sign on.

 

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum,

As the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies considers appropriations for Fiscal Year 2018, we respectfully request this subcommittee to provide $26,238,000 for the Volcano Hazards Program, which is overseen by
the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Volcano Hazards Program is critical in understanding the potential impacts of the United States’ 169 potentially active volcanoes in the United States’ western states, Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Pacific territories.  Under the mandate of the Robert
T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, this program minimizes the potential of devastating social and economic impacts on nearby communities and ecosystems through delivery of effective forecasts, warnings, and information regarding volcanic
hazards based on scientific data and on understanding of volcanic processes.

The scientific information collected through the Volcano Hazards Program is essential in order to effectively communicate findings and activity alerts to emergency-management professionals and the public.  In addition, the information collected helps communities
develop comprehensive hazard zonation maps and assessments, long-term eruption forecasting, land-use planning, and short-term emergency planning.

Ensuring programmatic resources for the Volcano Hazards Program will ensure and improve health and safety protections of residents, businesses, and tourists in areas where there is volcanic activity.  We thank this subcommittee for its attention and consideration
of this request.

Sincerely,