SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) — A devastating earthquake and tsunami is always on the radar of Oregonians, including Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.
She represents Seaside and other parts of the Oregon coast. She was in Seaside Tuesday to tout her Tsunami Warning and Education Act, which would create better warning systems, provide more assistance for communities to prepare for a tsunami, help coordinate agencies, and provide community support with outreach and education.
“I’m proud of that bill,” says Bonamici.
Students like Jesse Trott are glad that someone of Bonamici’s stature is paying attention.
“It felt like she cares, it’s not like she was here to hear us, she actually cares about it,” Trott tells KOIN 6 News.
Trott and her fellow students are already pushing for change. They are making a case for a new school and were able to present their case to their own student body, and Bonamici, for the first time Tuesday.
“When we started this project we had no clue how unprepared we were, and so it was our obligation to make sure we educated our own students and peers so they know,” Trott says.
Bonamici knows a natural disaster like this is unavoidable. “We know we can’t prevent an earthquake and tsunami, we can’t,” but she knows people can be more prepared. “I’m looking forward to see better research and communication about working together.”