Evacuation potential in SW Washington communities from Cascadia tsunami hazards

A new article in the journal Natural Hazards documents variations in population exposure in coastal communities of Pacific and Grays Harbor counties to Cascadia-related tsunami hazards as a function of modeled pedestrian travel time to safety. Results suggest that successful evacuations may be possible in some communities assuming slow walking speeds, are plausible in others if travel speeds are increased, and are unlikely in another set of communities given the large distances and short time horizon. Communities can use these results to help prioritize tsunami risk-reduction efforts, such as education and training in areas where evacuations are plausible and vertical-evacuation strategies in areas where they currently are not.

More information can be found at http://www.springerlink.com/content/a6177520x5k6080t/ or by emailing the lead author at nwood@usgs.gov.

Shakeout – Drop, Cover and Hold On – October 18 @ 10:18 AM

CREW Board members John Schelling and Bill Steele promote ShakeOut in this Seattle Times article and encourage everyone to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18am on October 18th.

Seattle Times article link: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019441733_shakeout16m.html

CREW Releases Business Round table Report

CREW has published a summary report from the 2012 Business Round table Series. The round tables represent a continuation of CREW’s efforts to improve resilience throughout the Cascadia region. Businesses of all sizes will find many relevant lessons and ideas to improve their preparedness efforts.

Red Cross Releases Earthquake Mobile Phone App

Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.  http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/earthquake-app

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