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Senator Murray Announces Restoration of Funds for Project Impact

Aug 02 2001

$25 million will restore disaster prevention, hazard mitigation funds

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the full Senate approval of the restoration of funding to Project Impact in the fiscal year 2002 VA-HUD bill. A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program credited with preventing loss of life and greater destruction during the Nisqually earthquake, Project Impact had been slated for elimination under the Bush budget proposal. The restored funding passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5.

The Senate Bill includes $25 million in fiscal year 2002 for the Veterans Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and independent agencies, including FEMA, to restore Project Impact. Senator Murray secured the restoration of funds as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"I am proud that my Senate colleagues joined me in voting to restore crucial funding to Project Impact," Senator Murray said. "The restoration of these funds is critical to helping prepare our homes, schools, and businesses – both in Washington state and across the country – for future disasters."

Since January 1998, when Seattle became one of seven cities in a Project Impact pilot program, the initiative has helped retrofit more than half of Seattle's public school buildings to make them earthquake resistant. Other communities that have received Project Impact aid include King and Pierce Counties, Kitsap County, Clark County, and the City of Walla Walla.