Weather, Geology & Physics: Reducing Risks


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Bellevue Washington is so beautiful, but a lot of the reasons it is so beautiful are because the land has been shaped by powerful geological and weather forces. Those forces combined with gravity & physics mean we need to take steps to be reduce risks now.

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  • How many people do you need to plan for? What special considerations should you account for?
  • Who should you share out of area contacts with: Immediate Family Clients and their families Back up caregivers: for clients (neighbors, staff that live closest) Babysitter Neighbor (if asked to check on your dog) Out of area voicemail—from $5 per month.
  • Weather, Geology & Physics: Reducing Risks

    1. 1. Weather, Geology + Physics: Reducing Risks Carol Dunn City of Bellevue Emergency Preparedness Division
    2. 2. We are so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest Beautiful mountains
    3. 3. Gorgeous trees
    4. 4. Water
    5. 5. Not every day is a nice day though
    6. 6. Our systems block out future risk Photo by bitboy
    7. 7. Be prepared for disruption
    8. 8. Having Back ups of Critical Supplies and information helps Always Squirrel a Bit Away
    9. 9. Disaster Supplies How to start? Where to put them?
    10. 10. <ul><li>Life </li></ul><ul><li>Liberty </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuit of Happiness </li></ul>
    11. 11. Life: Stay Healthy
    12. 12. Boil water for at least 1 minute to kill bacteria Save at least 3 gallons of water per person: 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days Ready for Disruption: Water
    13. 13. Back up food Best: Non Perishable No need for heating Limited water
    14. 14. No need to: heat, refrigerate or add water
    15. 15. Stay healthy Stay Healthy
    16. 16. Control Germs
    17. 17. Safe ways to keep warm
    18. 18. Liberty: Freedom of movement
    19. 19. Get through debris
    20. 20. Communication <ul><li>Out of Area Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Use this contact to relay information with people in the affected area. </li></ul><ul><li>Texting – texting can be a great way to communicate in times of disaster. </li></ul><ul><li>Email/Internet sometimes works when phones don’t </li></ul><ul><li>211—Language Support </li></ul>
    21. 21. Realize, sometimes technology will totally fail <ul><ul><li>Meeting Places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-agreed plans with members of the community to check up and help each other </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Local radio & TV www.RPIN.ORG Information Sources
    23. 23. Cell Phone/Email Notifications
    24. 24. 2-1-1 Calling Card
    25. 25. Happiness: Have a Back Up Care Plan
    26. 26. Not just for people
    27. 27. It is beautiful here, but not every day
    28. 28. Fires
    29. 29. Earthquakes
    30. 30. Severe Storms
    31. 31. Identifying Risks? KC iMap
    32. 32. Biggest Risk in King County
    33. 33. = 3,970 fires = $59,850,565.00 = 11 fatalities 1 Year
    34. 34. 2007 = 897 = $160,516
    35. 37. Early 911 Response Critical! 9-1-1!
    36. 38. Smoke detectors & hearing Studies have shown that tone is not optimal, and flashing lights don’t always wake people up.
    37. 42. University of Washington Neptune Project
    38. 46. Earthquakes: Shallow <ul><li>Lasts about 20 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Very intense localized shaking </li></ul><ul><li>1,100 years ago: with Elliot Bay Tsunami, landslides </li></ul><ul><li>Aftershocks likely </li></ul>
    39. 47. Best thing about earthquakes: We have a say about almost everything. Except when it will happen. Every problem has a solution
    40. 49. Best: low, wood --Bolted to Foundation
    41. 50. The importance of bolting A house that is pushed off its foundation must be demolished and rebuilt. Bolting only costs around $2,000-5,000. Look for grants or community programs to help.
    42. 51. OK: Steel and reinforced concrete:
    43. 52. Bad for Quakes: Soft Structures
    44. 54. Worst for earthquakes Worst: Un-reinforced brick (recognized by levels of brick ends) 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
    45. 56. We need to Realize Most fixes pretty easy
    46. 58. Cold Arctic Blasts Hot Tropical Weather Source: Environment Canada
    47. 59. Common Problems:Big Storms: Rain Source: Seattle PI
    48. 64. Big Storms: Wind
    49. 66. Big Storm: Snow
    50. 67. Weather: Snow <ul><li>Convergence zone, but also occasional weather events. </li></ul><ul><li>Cold </li></ul><ul><li>Disrupted Transportation/ Commerce </li></ul>
    51. 68. Be prepared for disruption
    52. 69. Take steps today! <ul><li>Visualize the steps you are going to take today: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a pledge to build preparedness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pull together the supplies you have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down contact & back up caregivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach out to a neighbor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Act </li></ul></ul>
    53. 70. Let me help you! <ul><li>Carol Dunn </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@caroldn </li></ul><ul><li>425-452-7923 </li></ul><ul><li>Useful websites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>