Remembering the Oso Landslide, and Working to Prevent Another Tragedy

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Washington, D.C., February 15, 2019 | comments

Dear friend,

The devastating Oso landslide that took the lives of 43 people was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my time representing you in Congress. In the face of such tragedy we saw so many come together to help, including first responders from near and far, and all the members of our community who did everything possible to assist and comfort others. It has been a top priority of mine to do whatever I can to support the surrounding communities and prevent future tragedies.

This week, I reintroduced the National Landslides Preparedness Act, which will allocate technological resources to help us better prepare for landslides. My bill would help protect communities and property, save lives and improve emergency preparedness and planning. This includes implementing a 3D Elevation program that would update and collect high-resolution elevation data. Currently, cities across the country are relying on fragmented, out-of-date information.

With more accurate data, cities would have a view of communities’ landslide risks and could utilize this information when creating emergency response plans. It’s crucial that we utilize technology to prevent families from experiencing the devastation and loss. This is an example of how smart investments now can save our communities from exponentially greater costs in the future. I will keep you updated on the progress of this important legislation.

As always, I am here to help you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.



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