King County launches disaster preparedness program
November 5, 2013
King County Executive Dow Constantine recently launched the Resilient King County initiative, a countywide, two-year planning process for crafting a comprehensive long-term recovery strategy following a major earthquake or other catastrophe.
The effort kicked off last month with a Disaster Recovery – CEO Leadership Summit. Representatives from the corporate and nonprofit sectors gathered on the Microsoft campus in Redmond to discuss the impact a major disaster would have on the region.
Numerous studies show the Pacific Northwest faces a high probability of a mega-earthquake in the next 50 years. Resilient King County is one of the first long-term regional recovery planning efforts in the nation.
Recent disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, have increased awareness of the hazards facing King County and Western Washington. Resilient King County seeks to develop a comprehensive long-term plan to guide recovery efforts after a large-scale disaster.
The King County initiative follows on the recently published Resilient Washington State report, written by the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee.
The report outlined 10 recommendations for improving statewide resilience. King County will use a similar approach in determining specific recommendations for the development of the long-term recovery plan.
The summit was to be followed by a series of workshops where stakeholders from across King County will be invited to contribute to the development of a set of recovery support functions to be used for:
- Reestablishing health and social services
- Rebuilding infrastructure systems
- Promoting economic development
- Restoring the environment
- Providing long-term housing
- Restoring cultural resources
Learn more about the Resilient King County initiative at www.kingcounty.gov/prepare. Read the Resilient Washington State report at http://1.usa.gov/1eMPkfs.