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- Recent study shows a 7-11 percent increase in land highly vulnerable to landslides on the
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Cantwell's National Landslide Preparedness Act will target key gaps in current science and mapping critical to understanding landslide hazards and risks.
"Five years after the Oso landslide,
The legislation would implement new initiatives critical to help identify and understand landslide risks, protect communities, lives, and property, and improve overall emergency preparedness. Specifically the bill:
- Expands early warning systems. The bill expands existing early warning systems for post-wildfire landslides in recently-burned areas across
- Creates a new federal program focused specifically on landslide hazards. The bill would establish a National Landslides Hazard Reduction program through the
- Develops new maps to help communities prepare for landslides risk. The bill would direct the
- Authorizes new landslide-related grant programs. The bill authorizes new programs to provide funding to state, territorial, local, and Tribal governments for landslide research, mapping, assessment, and data collection.
- Establishes committees to better deal with landslide risks. The bill establishes an advisory committee on landslides and creates an interagency committee to coordinate better landslide responses from the multiple government agencies with jurisdiction.
A recent study on the
Last year, at a hearing examining the importance of improving natural hazard monitoring and preparedness systems in the
And yet, despite the loss of life and property cause by landslides, the federal government currently has no specific funding to mitigate risks from landslides. Furthermore, the Trump administration has proposed cutting
In addition to Cantwell, the bipartisan legislation is also co-sponsored by
The legislation now moves on to the full