Jun 05 2006
Washington, DC – The Government Accounting Office today issued a report indicating that our nation is unprepared to deal with a major tsunami. The report was requested by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). The following is her statement:
“It’s been more than a year and a half since our eyes were opened to the danger posed by tsunamis.
Yet, as this GAO report indicates, California and other states are at risk of a catastrophic tsunami, and we are ill-equipped to deal with the threat.
We need a warning system to protect the most vulnerable communities. We don’t have that now. So I will work to fund critical aspects of such a program, including:
- Software to determine where a tsunami is most likely to hit and do the most damage;
- Testing of warning systems in all at-risk states; and
- Preparedness training in the communities most at risk.
We’ve seen the danger. Now is the time to respond.”