How the Red Cross is preparing for The Big One

By Gordon Williams  All along the Pacific Coast, mid-June is time for CR22--this year’s version of the disaster drill known as Cascadia Rising. Emergency managers from California to Alaska--including disaster response experts  from the American Red Cross--are using the drill to  revise and refine how they would react to the event widely described as “The Big … Continue reading How the Red Cross is preparing for The Big One

Learn earthquake survival skills from the Washington ShakeOut

By Gordon Williams  The Great Washington ShakeOut for 2020 is set for 1015 on 1015 (10:15 a.m. on October 15). Goal of the ShakeOut is to get folks to practice the earthquake survival skills of dropping down, covering up and holding on. If you want a disaster prevention exercise totally appropriate for our times, this … Continue reading Learn earthquake survival skills from the Washington ShakeOut

How to turn a scary earthquake into a positive learning experience

By Gordon Williams The earthquake which struck the Seattle/Snohomish County area early in the morning of July 12, 2019 was scary enough — the strongest quake to strike the area in 18 years. Still, the Washington Military Department — parent agency of the state’s Department of Emergency Management — wants us to see the temblor … Continue reading How to turn a scary earthquake into a positive learning experience

How to keep your Quake Survival Plans up-to-date

By Gordon Williams When you hear about an earthquake in another state or country, take the time to review your plans for surviving a quake here in Washington. As the state’s Emergency Management Division points out, “Washington is earthquake country. It’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ an earthquake will strike us.” First step … Continue reading How to keep your Quake Survival Plans up-to-date

Use the Great Shakeout to Quake-Proof your Life

By Gordon Williams Editors note: this story originally posted in October 2018. It has been updated to reflect the date of the 2019 Great Shake Out. The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is set for Thursday, October 17, 2019. That’s the day when people the world over are supposed to stop what they are doing and … Continue reading Use the Great Shakeout to Quake-Proof your Life

Time to Prepare for the Great Washington Shakeout

By Gordon Williams Schedule yourself to put aside whatever you are doing at precisely 10:18 a.m. on October 18th (10:18 on 10/18) and spend the next 60 seconds dropping, covering and holding on. By doing so, you will be one of the million-plus people in Washington—more than 40 million people worldwide—practicing their earthquake coping skills … Continue reading Time to Prepare for the Great Washington Shakeout

Help for Honing your Earthquake Survival Skills

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 … Continue reading Help for Honing your Earthquake Survival Skills