Tsunami Awareness & Preparedness in Cascadia Region

CREW is committed to raising awareness of the tsunami risk in the Cascadia region while promoting mitigation and preparedness. Many lessons have been learned from the March 11, 2011 Great East Japanese (Tohoku) earthquake and tsunami – these also apply to the seismically-similar Cascadia Subduction Zone.

The following links provide additional information on ongoing awareness and preparedness activities in the Cascadia region:

Washington State

  • In a Seattle Times, CREW Vice-President John Schelling and CREW Treasurer Tim Walsh express the importance of ongoing awareness activities along with the scientific information needed to better quantify Cascadia’s risk.
  • Washington Emergency Management Division has more information on how to prepare to hazards in Washington state.
  • Project Safe Haven, completed in 2011, developed vertical evacuation options for the counties of Pacific and Grays Harbor.

Oregon

British Columbia

For more information on earthquakes, tsunamis, and how to prepare, please visit our pages on Earthquake Information, Risk Reduction, and read more in our Products and Programs.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

2014 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

See CREW Board Directors present the Cascadia Subduction Zone Scenario Update at the 2014 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference.  The conference theme is “Experiencing Private – Public Partnerships”.
CREW will be presenting on April 23rd from 9:30-11 AM.
Registration and location information.
Event Date:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 08:30 to Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 16:00

New Earthquake Mitigation Video “Preparing Portland Schools” Released

PORTLAND, OREGON —Preparing Portland Schools” is a four-minute documentary film about the earthquake safety retrofit of Alameda Elementary School in Northeast Portland written, directed, and produced by three Grant High School students during summer 2013. With a backdrop of retrofit project construction at Alameda and a soundtrack composed and performed by one of the filmmakers, the film explores the risk posed to Portland schools by a major Cascadia earthquake and the steps that can be taken to make historic buildings safer. Critically, it adds a missing piece: a student view of earthquake safety and school modernization. The film includes short interviews with Carmen Merlo, Director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Mike Kubler, President of Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW).  “It’s not that much time.  It’s not that much money. It can be done”, said Mike Kubler.  “We can make the building a safer place.”

The film was made possible with financial support from CREW via a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It was created under the aegis of the Hollywood Theatre Studio at Grant High School, a partnership between the public high school and the not-for-profit Hollywood Theatre, which supplied cameras, editing equipment, and a creative advisor for the project. CREW President Mike Kubler is a local emergency manager and a Portland Public School parent. School safety advocate Ted Wolf served as project advisor and coordinator.

The newly released video can be found on YouTube: Preparing Portland Schools  Other free materials to help Cascadia residents, schools, businesses, and emergency managers become better prepared for future earthquakes are accessible online at CREW..

Filmmakers:

  • Alex Pozarycki – Grant High School (GHS) class of ’13 now a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia
  • Noah Puggarana – senior at GHS
  • Harrison Soltvedt- senior at GHS &
  • Emilie Currin, creative advisor; affiliated with Pacific Northwest College of Art

New USGS Online Course – “A Practical Guide to Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest”

The USGS has posted a new online course titled “A Practical Guide to Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest”. The first part of the course provides an overview of the earthquake hazard in the Pacific Northwest and relevant recent earthquakes globally.  The second part summarizes tools available that facilitate earthquake response. The entire course can easily be viewed in about an hour. To view this, go to http://earthquakes.usgs.gov under “Featured Items” (click on item #4) on the right side of the webpage.

No Miracle that 99.8% of the schoolchildren survived the tsunami

Almost all the elementary and junior high school children of Kamaishi, a small coastal town in Iwate, managed to survive the tsunami.  Many people said it was a miracle, but it wasn’t.  The response capabilities they learned at school helped them to overcome a disaster that exceeded all worst-case scenarios.

See article here: http://wedge.ismedia.jp/articles/-/1334?page=1.

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.

National Tsunami Preparedness Week

National Tsunami Preparedness Week began March 25, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington Emergency Management Division (WA-EMD) urge all citizens who live along coastlines to take the threat of tsunamis seriously.

In some communities, traditional evacuations are not always an option. FEMA led the development of a new approach to dealing with this challenge called Tsunami Vertical Evacuation. Watch the video on how to use this new approach. This video was developed by FEMA RiskMap, FEMA Region X, WA-EMD, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP).  Click here for Press Release.