10.17.19

Schiff Applauds Statewide Expansion of Earthquake Early Warning System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Early Earthquake Warning System (EEW) is now available to the general public statewide:

“This is a victory for public safety and earthquake preparedness. As Californians know all too well, it’s not a question of if a major earthquake will strike, but when – and a few seconds of advance warning can mean the difference between life and death,” said Rep. Schiff. “We’ve come a long way towards building out the system and making it operational, with nearly $70 million secured in federal support already and millions more from the State and local jurisdictions. The system will require continued investments to make it more robust and to operate it, but this is a major milestone in our efforts to saves lives and property before the next big quake.”

In June, the House passed a funding bill which provides $19 million for continued development and expansion of the Earthquake Early Warning System and $6.7 million in infrastructure funding for capital costs. Since 2014, Schiff has successfully advocated for $67.3 million in funding to develop and roll out EEW across the West Coast.

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