Gov. Inslee hears from his Resilient Washington Subcabinet
the state is not ready for an earthquake or tsunami.
Photo credit: KING-5 TV News, Seattle
– “Washington not ready for earthquakes and tsunamis, Inslee is told”
“Oregon, California, and British Columbia are all ahead of Washington state when it comes to schools, roads, and privately owned older buildings being ready to resist the shaking forces from an earthquake. That’s the message Governor Jay Inslee is being given.
Inslee was presented with the information from his Resilient Washington Subcabinet. The subcabinet was charged to not only look at how well prepared the state is, but how quickly it can bounce back from a major earthquake event, hence the word resilience.”
“The drive to look at the state’s resilience came after the federally funded Cascadia Rising exercise carried out in June of 2016. That found previous guidance for individuals and their families to be prepared with three days of supplies was simply inadequate. The new guidance is two weeks, made even more urgent as people living in Puerto Rico struggle to survive weeks after the island was decimated by Hurricane Maria. The Washington state Department of Health calculates that 40 percent of state residents are not able to prepare because of economics or disabilities.
Even the public outreach campaign for “Two Weeks Ready” was paid largely through Federal FEMA grants, not state money,” KING 5’s Glenn Farley reports.
– “National disaster expert visits Northwest”
“Stephen Flynn, PhD. is the founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University and a nationally known expert on surviving and recovering from disasters. This week he helped lead a meeting of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, an organization representing four northwestern states, plus Alaska and western Canadian provinces and territories. That meeting included pipeline companies, electrical utilities, water districts and other public and private entities ability to survive a disaster.
I began our conversation on what is his definition of the word ‘resilience,'” by Glenn Farley, KING-5 TV News.