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Sherman Statement on 20th Anniversary of Northridge Earthquake


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) made the following statement in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake:

"At 4:30 in the morning on January 17, 1994, families across the Valley and across the Southland woke up to shaking walls and collapsing houses. Fifty seven people were killed and thousands were injured in the immediate destruction. Ninety thousand homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged, leaving streets covered in ruin and rubble. Twenty years later, the fear and destruction has not been forgotten. Especially in my district, home to the earthquake's epicenter, we remember all too well.

"And yet as the disaster unfolded, our public servants displayed unparalleled bravery. Firefighters and police officers pulled victims out of the wreckage, including the collapsed Northridge Meadows apartment building. Firefighters managed to put out hundreds of blazes, despite faulty radios and no water pressure due to broken mains throughout the Valley. Caltrans worked with local contractors to immediately mobilize a team to reconstruct severe infrastructure damage. I'm so proud of the courage displayed following the Northridge Earthquake.

"The Northridge Earthquake was one of the costliest disasters in American history. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spent $14 billion in aid to rehabilitate the region.

"California has taken significant steps to ensure that we will be more prepared in the event of another massive quake, both structurally and economically. Governor Brown recently announced a plan to map the dangerous earthquake faults in California, and Mayor Garcetti has announced that the city of Los Angeles will partner with the U.S. Geological Survey to create a more comprehensive plan to protect buildings and critical resources during an earthquake. I applaud their work, and pledge to do everything I can on a federal level to support these efforts.

"I hope all my constituents and everyone in Los Angeles will make sure they are adequately prepared for an earthquake. I encourage everyone to look at FEMA's guidelines for earthquake preparedness at so that when another temblor comes, we will all be ready."

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