Tag: emergency preparedness

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE

October 24th, 2013

Staff from the Office of Emergency Management recently reported back to the Council on their experiences at a multi-day training focused on how the City would respond to an extreme winter storm. The crisis exercise was built around a scenario that combined elements of the Seattle’s worst winter experiences – a 21 inch snowfall that […]

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VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

September 12th, 2013

Public Health –Seattle & King County has developed a new strategy for ensuring that our most vulnerable populations are protected and assisted in emergencies. The new strategy recognizes that there are many people who cannot be successfully reached by ‘conventional’ methods of communication. Not surprisingly, the strategy is built around creating relationships of trust with […]

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PREVENTING BUILDINGS FROM COLLAPSING IN THE NEXT EARTHQUAKE

August 8th, 2013

In the last few years there have been major earthquakes in every corner of the Pacific Rim – except the Pacific Northwest. We will inevitably experience one, and part of our emergency preparedness work is to save lives by preventing our older buildings from collapsing. That’s why I initiated a project to retrofit the most […]

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HOW TO RECOVER FROM A DISASTER

January 15th, 2013

Those of us involved in emergency preparedness in Seattle, along with thoughtful planners in other cities and the federal government, have realized that the immediate response to an emergency like an earthquake or a major storm is only the first step in dealing with it.  It is critically important to have first responders who can […]

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EARTHQUAKE LESSONS FROM CHILE

June 12th, 2012

Last month I was one of 40 Seattle business, government, labor, and academic leaders on a study mission to Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile.*  One of my major reasons for going was to identify lessons from the recent Chilean experience with a major earthquake.  Chile, like Seattle, is on the Pacific Rim of Fire.  In February, […]

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EARTHQUAKES AND UNREINFORCED MASONRY BUILDINGS

March 28th, 2012

 When the Nisqually Earthquake hit, I was in an older brick building in Pioneer Square.  While skyscrapers swayed, the Pioneer Building was bouncing up and down, and a window shattered a few feet from me.  That building has been retrofitted since then, but it is a great example of the kind of building – Unreinforced […]

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EARTHQUAKES AND SEATTLE – IMPROVING OUR EMERGENCY PLANS

November 28th, 2011

The Council has held a series of briefings and discussions reviewing the disastrous earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand, and Japan over the last few months (an exercise for the reader:  what section of the Pacific Rim has not yet had a major earthquake in recent years?  Hint:  you live there.). Our goal has been to […]

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS REVIEW INITIATED BY COUNCIL

June 9th, 2011

The City Council and my Regional Development and Sustainability Committee will conduct a review of the City’s emergency preparedness, with special attention to lessons learned from the recent earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand, and Japan.  Over the next few months, City staff and guest engineers, professors and scientists will brief Councilmembers on what was learned […]

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NEIGHBORHOOD DISASTER PLANNING

April 12th, 2011

Three Seattle District Councils and neighborhoods created communications hubs and community outreach on emergency preparedness in 2009, using $21,000 that I secured in the Council’s 2008 budget.  In 2010, these three groups convened a planning summit for other communities to learn from their experience, and a number of other groups are seeking to develop systems […]

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