Statewide earthquake drill shakes up preparedness plan

October 23, 2012

Tina Eggers (left), city clerk, Megan Gregor, city passport and records specialist, and Mary Lorna Meade, city risk management officer, take shelter under desks at Issaquah City Hall at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. By Greg Farrar

Staffers flooded from Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings at 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18 as employees joined a statewide earthquake drill.

The preparedness exercise involved public employees throughout the city, plus residents throughout the city and state, as planners tested residents’ ability to respond to a temblor.

The city official responsible for disseminating information to the public during emergencies, Communications Coordinator Autumn Monahan, said frequent disaster preparedness exercises educate city employees about the proper procedures to follow in worst-case scenarios.

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Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill is Oct. 18

October 16, 2012

October is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington.

The observance also includes a statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill.

The drill, dubbed the Great Washington ShakeOut, is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. The regional earthquake exercise includes participants in California, Idaho, Oregon and across the border in British Columbia.

The effort is designed to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness at home, school and the workplace.

State officials hope the exercise involves more than 1 million participants in Washington.

Washington residents can register for the drill at www.shakeout.org/washington.

October, Disaster Preparedness Month, includes earthquake drill

October 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

October is Disaster Preparedness Month in Washington.

In a Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation, Gov. Chris Gregoire urged residents to take appropriate actions to prepare for future emergencies. The observance also includes a statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill.

The drill, dubbed the Great Washington ShakeOut, is scheduled for 10:18 a.m. Oct. 18. The regional earthquake exercise includes participants in California, Idaho, Oregon and across the border in British Columbia.

The effort is designed to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness at home, school and the workplace.

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Disaster Preparedness Month includes earthquake drill

April 3, 2012

April is Disaster Preparedness Month, and the state Emergency Management Division encourages residents to plan for natural and manmade catastrophes.

Statewide preparedness activities include a drop, cover and hold earthquake drill at 9:45 a.m. April 25. The drill is part of the monthly Emergency Alert System test for broadcasters.

Citizens can find preparedness information for businesses, homes and schools from the Emergency Management Division at www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_infocus.shtml.

“Citizens, companies and government agencies will be encouraged to review their individual preparedness plans, contact information and emergency kits, and to prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days following an act of terrorism, or natural or manmade disasters,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation.

State emergency planners also conduct a drop, cover and hold earthquake drill for National Preparedness Month in September.

Nisqually earthquake anniversary is reminder to prepare

February 28, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 28, 2012

The ground shook for 45 stomach-churning seconds starting at 10:54 a.m. Feb. 28, 2001, as the last major earthquake to occur in the Puget Sound region rattled buildings and jangled nerves.

The earthquake cracked the Capitol dome in Olympia and caused widespread damage across the region, injured hundreds of people and left billions of dollars in property damage.

Tuesday marks 11 years since the Nisqually earthquake — a magnitude-6.8 temblor credited for changing attitudes about emergency preparedness in Issaquah, King County and statewide.

City leaders credited the temblor for alerting officials and residents to the importance of disaster preparedness and response. The city participates in regular disaster-response exercises, such as the regional Sound Shake drill.

Issaquah School District planners also learned lessons since the earthquake occurred.

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National Preparedness Month includes earthquake drill

August 30, 2011

September is National Preparedness Month, and Washington officials plan a statewide earthquake drill to help residents prepare for a natural disaster.

The statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill is at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 21. The monthly test of the Emergency Alert System marks the start of the drill.

“Citizens, companies and government agencies should review their individual preparedness plans, contact information and emergency kits, and need to prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days following an act of terrorism, natural or manmade disasters,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a special proclamation.

Sept. 21 also includes a Tsunami Warning Communication System test in coastal Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

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National Preparedness Month includes earthquake drill

August 29, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2011

September is National Preparedness Month, and Washington officials plan a statewide earthquake drill to help residents prepare for a natural disaster.

The statewide drop, cover and hold earthquake drill is 10:15 a.m. Sept. 21. The monthly test of the Emergency Alert System marks the start of the drill.

“Citizens, companies and government agencies should review their individual preparedness plans, contact information, and emergency kits and need to prepare themselves to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days following an act of terrorism, natural or manmade disasters,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a special proclamation.

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April is opportunity to prepare for emergencies

April 11, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 11, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue is reminding residents to plan for emergencies during April, Disaster Preparedness Month.

The magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last month — plus major earthquakes in Chile and Haiti last year — reminds residents about the seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest.

EFR emergency planners said Disaster Preparedness Month is a good opportunity for residents to practice and learn what to do in at home, school or workplaces.

Planners said knowing what to do in emergencies, developing a family plan and making sure everyone understands the plan is critical to staying safe in a disaster.

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Planning is focus for Disaster Preparedness Month

April 1, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 1, 2011

April is Disaster Preparedness Month — no fooling.

The month of activities focused on emergency preparedness includes a statewide earthquake drill and a conference to help regional and state planners gird for disasters.

“I encourage all citizens to increase their knowledge and awareness of proper safety measures to follow before, during and after a disaster,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a Disaster Preparedness Month proclamation.

The governor said state, city and county emergency management agencies also intend promote the value of preparedness across the Evergreen State during the monthlong observance.

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Remember: In earthquakes, drop, cover and hold is best bet

March 27, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 27, 2011

King County emergency planners set out to correct misinformation spreading on the Web about the best method to take cover in earthquakes.

The county Office of Emergency Management recommends the drop, cover and hold method as the safest bet.

“Unfortunately, emails have circulated recently, touting the ‘triangle of life’ technique, which incorrectly claims that people can use ‘voids’ or ‘empty spaces’ as a way to survive earthquakes,” Emergency Management Director Hillman Mitchell said in a release. “Simply put, the technique is not applicable for earthquake experiences in the United States.”

Information about the “triangle of life” started to circulation in email messages and on the Web in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

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