Protective Measures White Paper Released!

The purpose of this white paper is to summarize the scientific evidence and professional opinion concerning earthquake protective actions that can be taken by the public immediately before the ground starts to shake, in as many scenarios as possible.
Although the advent of Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) in the U.S. provides a tremendous opportunity to reduce human, property, and economic losses, there are substantial, critical gaps in research needed to help guide the design and implementation of the U.S. system, ShakeAlert. Scholars and practitioners have amassed decades of research about actions to take during earthquake shaking; however, very little research has been conducted specifically on the unique context of EEW.
Due to the gaps in research around EEW, this white paper focuses on the strength of evidence that supports (or fails to support) general earthquake protective actions. The authors primarily summarize content from two key reports by FEMA and GHI, integrating dozens of additional literature sources and input from subject matter experts. The white paper examines more than a dozen protective actions, from “Stay Indoors” to “Pull Over and Stay in Vehicle”, noting whether each action is recommended, recommended with caution, or not recommended for inclusion in public education campaigns.
To help guide emergency managers in their support of ShakeAlert, existing research must be assessed for its appropriateness in an EEW context, and the need for additional research to fill critical gaps in light of EEW implementation should be identified and conducted. In addition, crucial to this effort is having a clear understanding of the evidence base and strength of support for recommending different protective actions in various settings, including whether support is based on research findings, expert opinion, or simply on informed practice.

CREW EEW Protective Action White Paper

2018 Great Washington ShakeOut Youth Video contest winners!

In collaboration with the State of Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Emergency Management Division, we are proud to announce the 2018 Great Washington ShakeOut Youth Video contest winners!  We had some great submissions this year and the winners truly shined.

Middle School Category

First place winners Sophia Swanson, Elena Swanson, Leif Ellingson, Maren Ellingson, Sintayehu Shannon, Elijah Miller, Eliana Miller, Clara Borner, Nolan Wilson, Jasper Mahn from Shaw Island School in Shaw Island will receive $300.

Second Place winners Josh Miller, Owen Lipski, Ashely Boudewyns,  Jo’Nell Hohn, Lacey Roth from Summit Trail Middle School in Ravensdale will receive $100.

High School Category

First place winner is Seth Maier from Lakeside High School in Nine Mile falls will receive $300.

Second Place winners Jeffrey Greene, Marqushio Olick, Denver Martinez, Logan Greene and Gunnar Parr from White River High School in Buckley will receive $100.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated. You all did a great job!

Please remember to register at ShakeOut.org/Washington and practice Drop, Cover, and Hold today (10/18) at 10:18.  You can also tweet a picture of you participating in the Drop, Cover and Hold On exercise with the #ShakeOut hashtag!

To learn more about earthquakes and what you can do to prepare, visit mil.wa.gov/preparedness.

Do you like to educate? Do outreach with the community? Would like to help educate and bring awareness about Earthquake Early Warning?

If you answered yes to this questions, great! CREW is seeking a competent contractor to serve as the Washington ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning Emergency Management Coordinator. This coordinator position will serve to execute communication, education, and outreach activities that have been identified to advance emergency management coordination of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) rollout in Washington State.  This temporary contract position is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program funds.

EEW WA Coordinator RFP FY18

*NEW* Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety

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FEMA released this week the Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazards Safety. This is a great resource for school administrators, teachers and parents. Not only is it important to be prepared for home, but at schools too! This new guide aims to help schools increase their resilience, and in doing so, the overall community’s resilience, to a variety of natural hazards.

One of the principle authors, John Schelling, is a former board member and past President of CREW. Congratulations John and Team!

NEW School Earthquake Factsheets available!

The Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) has recently released new school earthquake factsheets for school administrators, teachers, parents and the public to assist in identifying the mitigation needs of our schools and resources available for them to increase their mitigation.

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CREW School Factsheet – Schools in Washington

CREW School Factsheet – Schools in Oregon

CREW School Factsheet – Preparing Schools for Earthquakes

These worksheets are part of a series of worksheets. Check out the four business worksheets here.