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!
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.
These worksheets are part of a series of worksheets. Check out the four business worksheets here.
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:
- 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.
- In Oregon, Governor Kitzhaber has declared March 2012 to be Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month.
- 2012 Senate Bill 1566, sponsored by Senate President Peter Courtney and passed by the Legislature, institutionalizes state responsibilities relating to seismic school safety to improve awareness and transparency to school districts and public.
- CREW Board Member Yumei Wang co-authored a recent editorial on lessons applicable to Oregon.
- Oregon Emergency Management has a publication on how Oregon residents can prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.
- The Oregon State Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) has developed policy recommendations to improve the state’s seismic resiliency and an ongoing project is developing a statewide resiliency plan that will be completed in early 2013. CREW members participated in the first planning workshop, which CREW also sponsored.
- Visit Public Safety Canada for preparedness information related to earthquakes and tsunamis.
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Researchers at the USGS, Sacramento State University and the Washington State Military Department recently published an article on how to compare sites for vertical-evacuation refuges to minimize loss of life from tsunamis associated with Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes. The case study of Ocean Shores, Washington, integrates refuge options derived at Project Safe Haven workshops, geospatial pedestrian evacuation modeling, and statistical methods to compare benefits and tradeoffs. The article is available online from the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420914000387. For more information, contact Nathan Wood, Portland, OR, 503-251-3291, firstname.lastname@example.org.