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April 8, 2018 What Will Happen after a Huge Earthquake Hits California"
March 15, 2018 New Cascadia Mega-Quake Analysis Has "Hopeful Findings"
February 28, 2018 Remembering Nisqually 17 Years Later
November 2, 2017 Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall
September 1, 2017 National Preparedness Month 2017
July 24, 2017 King 5 News - Disaster Preparedness Day
December 7, 2016 Washington & Seattle Woefully Prepared for Cascadia Megaquake
December 4, 2016 Christchurch, New Zealand 6.3 EQ and the Seattle Fault
September 8, 2016 Issaquah CERT - National Award
June 6-7, 2016 Cascadia Rising Exercise

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Here's What Will Happen after a Huge Earthquake Inevitably Hits California
Nobody knows when "The Big One" is going to hit California, but this article tells how experts think it will play out when it does.

Although the setting is California, the article applies to either a Cascadia big rip or a magnitude 6.5-7.0 on the Seattle fault. It is definitely worthwhile reading.  Click here for details

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New Cascadia Mega-Quake Analysis Has "Hopeful Findings"
Sandi Doughton, of Big Rip 9.0 fame, reports in the Seattle Times on a new EQ analysis by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries on the potential damage from a Cascadia mega-quake. She reports that this is the most detailed damage estimate for Portland, but many of its conclusions apply to Seattle and surrounding communities.

Results include comparisons of damage depending on season and time of day. "Hopeful findings suggest that the hype from the New Yorker article may not lay waste to "everything west of I5", so check it out for details

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Remembering the Nisqually Earthquake 17 Years Later
 
It has been 17 years since the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake. Check out the February 28, 2018, King 5 report on the 17th anniversary of the most recent, significant earthquake in the Puget Sound area. 

The article has some reminders of what happened that day resulting in $2 billion in damage and over 400 injuries in the greater Puget Sound area. Remember, we may be overdue for a magnitude 9 releasing 1000 times more energy than this one.

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40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled by Kidde - November 2017
 
From Consumer Reports website, Nov. 2, 2017:

Kidde has recalled more than 40 million fire extinguishers used in homes, vehicles, and boats because they can become clogged or fail to discharge during a fire.  The fire extinguishers were sold under dozens of different brand names, all listed on the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice.

This is the third time Kidde has issued a recall for this type of fire extinguisher, and it’s by far the largest. The earlier recalls were made in March 2009 and February 2015.

If you have a Kidde fire extinguisher and wish to replace it through Kidde, use this link, Kidde - Product Safety Recall, and follow the instructions.  After you have received your new extinguisher, if you wish to dispose of your old model, the Issaquah Citizen Corps will gladly accept them for use in our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training courses.  Please contact Bruce Wendt or drop them off at the Public Works Operations offices in Issaquah at 670 1st Ave. NE (if the doors are locked, simply leave them outside at the door).

For the full Consumer Reports article, click here

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National Preparedness Month - September 2017

This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”  Ready.gov has a step by step process to help you become better prepared.



We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

Within Issaquah, everyone can follow the process at  Ready.gov to prepare themselves for the disasters common to the Pacific Northwest.  Windstorms, fires, landslides, earthquakes and more are covered on the website.

 To assist the public, CERTs can volunteer to help out at the public outreach  ICC booths at events such as Farmers Market, Highlands Day and Salmon Days to increase the awareness of the public of how to respond to disasters.  Check the Training & Events page for more details.

 

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King 5 News - Disaster Preparedness Day - July 24, 2017

On Monday, July 24, King 5 had an an entire day focused on emergency/disaster preparation.  Below is a list of videos from the King 5 website and YouTube that you may find useful. King 5 (www.king5.com) has additional videos from earlier broadcasts that you may also find interesting.

 

King 5 Disaster Preparedness Videos
Overview (about 1 hour) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6araRaJ-WI
Cascadia Rising Results http://www.king5.com/local/disaster
Disaster Preparedness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7NKjz1xM70
Disaster Preparedness Kits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuwUOZXvuS8
Children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAXgTmhagJI
Pets http://www.king5.com/news/local/pets-and-animals/prepare-your-pets-for-a-major-natural-disaster/454392594
Schools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-cokggJPcI
Hospitals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJT-pDMw2s0
Food Banks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KclTfxxOQcc
Earthquakes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE-SiDv4YLI
Tsunamis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC5ezqTZxkc
Fox Island Example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPJRxlJDgSM
Livestock https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--6_yGb_wTQ
   
Other Interesting Sites  
Prepare In A Year https://mil.wa.gov/uploads/pdf/emergency-management/piy-englishbooklet.compressed.pdf
Washington Military Department https://mil.wa.gov/emergency-management-division
2 Weeks Ready http://mil.wa.gov/uploads/pdf/Publications/be-prepared-brochure.pdf
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Washington Woefully Unprepared for Megaquake - Dec. 7, 2016

A big earthquake may be coming, and Washington and Seattle are kicking the can down the road on common seismic upgrades - Seattle Times article, Dec. 7, 2016
 


The 2001 Nisqually earthquake destroyed the outside wall of many buildings such as this one in Pioneer Square. State residents are unprepared for a megaquake, with FEMA estimating 9,400 Washingtonians would die. (Tom Reese / The Seattle Times, file)

FYI - keep in mind that Issaquah is on the eastern end of the Seattle fault zone and that the expected magnitude would be about the same as the Christchurch earthquake, possibly more. 

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Christchurch, New Zealand EQ and the Seattle Fault - Dec. 4, 2016

The 2011 earthquake that crumpled Christchurch, New Zealand, gives a vision of the danger lurking under Seattle — and insights on how to lessen some of the damage and bounce back - Seattle Times article, Dec. 4, 2016
 


Great discussion about the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake in 2011 with a magnitude of 6.3. The ariticle discusses the similarities between the Puget Sound area and Christchurch and shows what can be expected if a shallow earthquake of a similar magnitude occurs along the Seattle Fault Zone - a real possibility for Issaquah.

FYI - keep in mind that Issaquah is on the eastern end of the Seattle fault zone and that the expected magnitude would be about the same as the Christchurch earthquake, possibly more. Click here for a collection of photos of the Christchurch earthquake.

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Issaquah CERT Receives National Award - September 8, 2016

The CaliforniaVolunteers organization presented to the city of Issaquah CERT Program, their award for Preparing the Whole Community.  This award is presented to an organization, program, or jurisdiction that successfully engages the whole community to improve disaster preparedness and resilience; encourage and explores ways to develop whole community partnerships; and advocates a grassroots approach to emergency planning.
 


Bruce Wendt, Brenda Bramwell, Frank Borden (founder of the CERT program), Susan Waters and Alan Bramwell receive the Preparing the Whole Community award at the 2016 30th Anniversary National CERT Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

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Cascadia Rising Exercise - June 6-7, 2016

Federal officials say about 20,000 people will be involved in the disaster drill, representing various federal agencies, the U.S. military, state and local emergency response managers across the Pacific Northwest, Native American tribes and emergency management officials in British Columbia - Seattle Times article, June 4, 2016.
 

 

The main objective of this extensive exercise is to test how well responders will work together to minimize loss of life and damages when a meg-quake rips along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and unleashes a killer tsunami.

 

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