U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler | E-Newsletter
District Update | August 6, 2016 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler
Preparing Pacific County for emergencies

During this congressional district work period, I’ve been able to travel throughout our region, listen and learn more about our region’s priorities.  Last week, I spent a day out on the Long Beach Peninsula with the Coast Guard, Long Beach City Administrator David Glasson and several other locals learning about the plans that are in place and additional needs in the event of a major earthquake/tsunami. It was very interesting to learn about plans for vertical evacuation structures, and the part earthquake early warning systems play.

As a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, I helped secure $10.2 million for early earthquake detection in the Interior spending bill approved by the U.S. House in July. I also joined with the U.S. House in approving the Tsunami Warning Education and Research Act, which helps fund Washington State’s Tsunami Warning System. The program, managed by NOAA, improves tsunami preparedness, conducts tsunami modeling to determine which shorelines are threatened and supports tsunami evacuation plans and implementation.  I’ll continue to work back in Congress to support preparedness in this community and all along our coast.

Protecting public access to our national forests

In May, I sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) urging it to quickly release emergency funds for the repair of Forest Road 23.  This road is a critical access point in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Last winter, the road was severely damaged by winter floods to the point where it is completely impassable. Following my letter, USDOT assessed the road immediately, and determined that extra armoring was necessary to prevent future washouts and provide long term reliability. It provided the emergency funding to the Forest Service to modernize the road’s structure to prevent washouts and last 50 years and complete repairs before summer of next year.

Last week, the off road vehicle community in Lewis County let me know that they appreciated my efforts to restore Forest Road 23 and we had a great discussion in Centralia about how to make sure citizens have access to their forests. Read more about my efforts to restore this critical access point here

Supporting an additional school resource officer in Battle Ground
Recently I teamed up with the City of Battle Ground and expressed my strong support for its federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant request to hire a second school resource office.

Federal funds would allow the Battle Ground Police Department to hire a second school resource officer and strengthen this critical presence within the K-8 populations. A second school resource officer, combined with the crucial counseling and mentoring services already under way, will prove to be an important step in offering local students the protection and resources needed to reduce a troubling increase in adolescent suicides. Read more about my efforts here.

: ATV Club, Lobbyist Voice Gratitude to Congresswoman on Forest Road Work

CHINOOK OBSERVER: Perfect Peninsula tsunami solution remains elusive

COLUMBIAN: Battle Ground finds support in combating teen suicide

BATTLE GROUND REFLECTOR: Herrera Beutler calls for Battle Ground school officer

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