This bill would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a plan for buying and installing an earthquake early warning system for the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of Oregon and Washington. FEMA would then identify the needed funding and make grants to states, Indian tribes, and local governments to implement it.
The president would be directed to establish an Earthquake and Tsunami Task Force for the purpose of developing a strategy and recommendations for the nation to prepare and plan for, mitigate, respond to, recover from, and adapt to an earthquake, tsunami or combined event involving the CSZ. Recommendations would include legislative and funding actions needed to implement the strategy, and the order of priority for implementing the strategy. FEMA would be responsible for executing the national effort to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from an earthquake and/or tsunami.
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act — which provides grants to state and local communities — would be amended to allow grant recipients to use hazard mitigation assistance for activities to reduce the risk of damage, hardship, loss, or suffering in any area affected by an earthquake on the following:
Regional seismic networks in support of building a capability for earthquake early warning;
Geodetic networks in support of building a capability for earthquake early warning;
- Seismometers, Global Positioning System receivers, and associated infrastructure in support of building a capability for earthquake early warning.