Suzanne Bonamici

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Suzanne Bonamici

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Support Tsunami Warning and Community Resilience

Help Coastal Communities Prepare for a Tsunami

*Programmatic Appropriations Request*

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Deadline: Wednesday, March 4th


Dear Colleague:

Please join us in requesting the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies support robust funding for Tsunami Warning Centers and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program.

Unfortunately, it is not a question of if, but when, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone will hit our coastal communities in the Northwest. The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) facilitates the effective
response by communities to warnings issued by the centers through outreach and education programs. The two Tsunami Warning Centers are in Palmer, Alaska and Honolulu, Hawaii, and help monitor, detect, and issue warnings.

The NTHMP provides funding to partner states, territories, and localities; including Alaska, California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, University of Delaware, and Texas A&M University
to improve community preparedness and education of tsunami threats.

If you would like to sign the letter please,
please complete this form by COB Wednesday, March 4th
. For additional information, please contact Maxine Sugarman in Rep. Bonamici’s office at



Suzanne Bonamici                                                      Peter A. DeFazio

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress


Letter Text:

Dear Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholdt:

As you consider the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Act, we respectfully request a total of $31.7 million
for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Tsunami Warning Centers and for the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP). These funds will provide vulnerable communities with accurate information, early notification, and guidance
on proper action in the event of a tsunami.

Unfortunately, it is not a question of if, but when, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone will hit our coastal communities. Tsunami events are among the most deadly natural disasters, and would wreak havoc on our coastal
communities. Preparing for tsunami is a life-or-death matter for residents of coastal communities. Since the beginning of the 20th century, 34 tsunami events have been responsible for the deaths of 500 people and more than $1.7 billion in damages
to the United States and territories. Helping coastal communities prepare for a tsunami event will save lives and reduce the cost of response and recovery.

The National Weather Service operates two tsunami warning centers – the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at Ford Island, Hawaii, and the National Tsunami Warning Center at Palmer, Alaska – that monitor, detect, and issue warnings for tsunami. The NTHMP was
established in 1995 in recognition of a tsunami threat to Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and California from a large earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The program facilitates the effective response by communities to the warnings issued by the
Tsunami Warning Centers through outreach and education programs, like NOAA’s TsunamiReady program.

The NTHMP funds partnerships with states, territories, and localities to improve the education and preparedness of coastal communities through inundation maps, evacuation plans, technical training and public education programs, outreach projects, evacuation
drills, and warning infrastructure. Natural disaster prevention and preparedness saves lives and potentially billions of dollars used to rebuild failing infrastructure. These are essential investments for our coastal communities.

Although we hope to never experience the devastation a tsunami event would bring, funding for the NTHMP and Tsunami Warning Centers will improve preparedness and forecasting to better protect our coastal communities. We request a total of $31.7 million to
support NOAA Tsunami Warning Centers and the NTHMP.

Thank you for your consideration of this important request.


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