Federal, state and local government agencies have been conducting an exercise this week to prepare for an expected 8.0-9.0 earthquake. The last time an earthquake of this magnitude, along with a major tsunami, occurred in the Pacific Northwest was in 1700. Scientists believe that a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami occur once every 200 to 500 years along an 800-mile ling fault called the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
The exercise has received press attention locally. Emergency management officials not only are publicizing the expected difficulties when a 9.0 earthquake occurs but also are encouraging all of us to be prepared to survive independently for 3 days to 2 weeks.
There are many resources online that you can use to educate yourself on what to do to prepare for an earthquake, as well as what to do to survive during an earthquake and steps to take to recover. Here are some helpful web sites:
Cascadia Rising 2016, This link gives an overview of the exercise:
Earthquake, Be Smart, Know your hazard; This site has materials that give instruction on how to prepare for an earthquake:
How to Prepare for an Earthquake; Here is a manual for earthquake preparation:
The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management also has guidance to prepare for all kinds of disasters:
Here is a manual on emergency preparedness: