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On November 10th, Carol Dunn from the Bellevue Office of Emergency Mangement had the opportunity to talk to retired and active teachers about ways to identify and reduce risks from the hazards we …

On November 10th, Carol Dunn from the Bellevue Office of Emergency Mangement had the opportunity to talk to retired and active teachers about ways to identify and reduce risks from the hazards we co-exist with in Bellevue WA.

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  • 1. Alpha Delta KappaSigma Chapter
    Carol Dunn
    City of Bellevue
    Office of Emergency Management
  • 2. What steps have you taken to be prepared?
  • 3. Our brains and disaster
  • 4. Our systems block out future risk
    Photo by bitboy
  • 5. “C’est la vie”
    “What will be will be”
    "You just take the good with the bad.
    You got to go somehow...
    So why not under six feet of mud?“*
    “Have faith, Opi! God is good!”**
    *Seattle Times: Orting Resident on risk from volcano
    **NY Times: “The Day of the Tsunami” 9/30/09
  • 6. Every risk that can be identified in advance, can be reduced or avoided with the decision is made to act.
    Every risk that is avoid, is one less thing that goes wrong.
  • 7. Disasters are inevitable
  • 8. Cold Arctic Blasts
    Hot Tropical Weather
    Source: Environment Canada
  • 9. Weather: Rain
    Pineapple Express
    Flooding/River & Urban
    Transportation/ Commerce Disruptions
  • 10. Weather: Snow
    Convergence zone, but also occasional weather events.
    Disrupted Transportation/ Commerce
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  • 12. http://www5.kingcounty.gov/iMAP/viewer.htm
    King County iMAP
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  • 19. University of Washington Neptune Project
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  • 21. Best thing about earthquakes:
    We have a say about almost everything.
    Except when it will happen.
    Every problem has a solution
  • 22. Earthquakes
    5 minutes: we will feel shaking about 2 minutes
    Region wide damage
    Highest buildings have largest problems
    Likely to generate tsunami/seiche
    Aftershocks likely
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  • 26. Earthquakes: Shallow
    Lasts about 20 seconds
    Very intense localized shaking
    1,100 years ago: with Elliot Bay Tsunami, landslides
    Aftershocks likely
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  • 30. Earthquakes: Deep/ Benioff Zone
    2001 Nisqually
    Usually every 20-50 years
    Lasts about 20-30 seconds
    Effects most of Area
    Moderate Shaking
  • 31. Some truths we need to realize
    We provide an amazing gift when we teach others how to identify and reduce risks.
    What risks exist and how to reduce them
    What resources exist & how to access them
    We are our own best resource
  • 32. We can avoid injuries
    Heavy objects placed high become projectiles during earthquakes
  • 33. Most fixes pretty easy
  • 34. Best: low, wood --Bolted to Foundation
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  • 37. Pretty good in most earthquakes
    Not great in
    Subduction zone
  • 38. Worst for earthquakes
    Not very good: reinforced bricks (recognized when all bricks show their sides)
    Not very good: Retrofitted masonry (recognized by the added bolts)
    5 out of 6 were damaged during the 2001 Nisqually Quake
    Worst: Un-reinforced brick (recognized by levels of brick ends)
  • 39. Unreinforced Masonry
  • 40. Bad for Quakes: Soft Structures
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  • 42. I’m in a ‘bad’ building!
    Anchor masonry to wood
    Add Framing
    Still will be risks
    Create a new safer building
    Lose character and feeling of history
    Currently located in one of the most dangerous parts of the city
    Lose character and history
  • 43. Disasters = disruption
  • 44. Disruption happens
    That we may not have access to stores, medicine, etc. on short notice & for a long time
    Emergency information broadcast on:
    2-1-1 (multiple languages)
    Internet: www.RPIN.ORG
  • 45. Disaster Supplies
    How to start?
    to put them?
  • 46. How will your schools do?
    How will the schools be affected?
    Are non structural items secure?
    Will all of the parents be able to return?
    Do all of the schools have the resources and plans to reduce the harm from any disaster?
    Have future risks been analyzed objectively?
  • 47. Pledge to take it seriously!
    Literally: write down a statement to remind you that you want to act-put it where you can see it.
    Reward every step forward!!
  • 48. School Preparedness Resources
    FEMA: Incremental Seismic Renovation for Schools
    Spreadsheet for School Preparedness Supplies
    Upcoming meeting for PTSA Preparedness Representatives
    Information on grants and toolkits
  • 49. Questions?
    Carol Dunn