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.

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