Help for Honing your Earthquake Survival Skills

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By Gordon Williams

The Great Washington ShakeOut–the moment each year when we’re supposed to practice our earthquake survival skills–comes this year at 10:19 a.m. on Thursday, October 19.

Keeping your drop, cover and hold-on skills up to speed is a pretty compelling notion in a region where earthquakes are all too common. As the state Emergency Management Division reminds us,“Washington is earthquake country. It’s not a question of ‘if’ but ’when’ an earthquake will strike us.” Continue reading

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Building a Radio System to Keep the Red Cross in Touch

By Gordon Williams

IMG_0877.1When disaster strikes, nothing is more important to keeping all responders functioning as a team than solid, dependable radio communications. When disaster threatens to disrupt conventional means of communication as cell phones and landlines–as a Cascadia event might do–the need for a high-quality radio network becomes downright critical. Continue reading