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Hertzberg Responds to Launch of Earthquake Early Warning System

Senate Majority Leader praises California’s first of its kind statewide earthquake early warning system, and urges Californians to download app

October 17, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) today released the following statement in response to the announcement that the state has launched the nation's first statewide Earthquake Early Warning System:

“Seconds count. Stopping a moving elevator, or running to safety, or pulling off the side of the road could mean the difference between life and death. We’ve seen what the ShakeAlertLA app is capable of; now everyone in California can be a little more prepared for the next Big One.”

In 2016, Senator Hertzberg co-authored a bill by Senator Jerry Hill (SB 494) that created the California Earthquake Safety Fund to be used for the state to fund seismic safety and an early warning system. Had this legislation not been passed, the requirement for the state to develop an early warning system would have sunsetted.

In the years that followed, Hertzberg, Hill, and Assemblymember Adam Gray have worked to preserve funding for the development of the system in various capacities, including through the state budget, and by co-authoring a letter to Congressional leadership advocating for the technology’s continued development when the program faced funding cuts in 2017.

Earlier this year, on the heels of the 25th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake that took place in his district, Hertzberg announced the Resilient Homes Initiative (SB 254). The bill, which will be next heard in 2020, would dramatically expand the existing Brace & Bolt program to retrofit homes across the state, and develop new programs to help households in high-risk areas to meet the urgent need to prepare for the next big earthquake.

Los Angeles residents can learn more about ShakeAlertLA here. The MyShake app can be downloaded here.

Media Contact: Katie Hanzlik
Press Secretary
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Capitol Building, Room 313
(916) 651-4018