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Disaster Preparedness Update

Published on July 14, 2016,

DisasterPrep_730Yesterday, I received a briefing at the Washington Military Department’s “Mission Control” Emergency Operations Center. We discussed disaster preparedness and response. Washington State leads the nation in preparing for cyber attacks on critical information technology systems, but we still have a lot of work to do.
Of greatest concern, though, is the “Big One” — The Cascadia Earthquake that could hit tomorrow or 50 years from now — we have no way of knowing. Thousands will perish. Roads, bridges, and hospitals will crumble. We’ll be out of power for at least 6 months. Beware the huge Tsunamis. We are not prepared.