County was prepared when earthquake struck
by King County Councilmember Louise Miller, District 3
The King County Office of Emergency managment reports that within five minutes of the Duvall earthquake, they activated the Emergency Operations Center.
The county began assessing internal county structures, checked the status of every city in King County, and coordinated with adjacent counties, as well as the state and the National Warning System.
Dams on the Tolt, Cedar, and White Rivers were checked and reported secure. County road crews went out to do preliminary damage assessments in the hardest-hit areas, with more thorough inspections to take place the next day. Surface Water Management opened the Flood Warning Center to monitor rivers.
Some citizens have been taking emergency preparedness seriously, forming Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET), which are set up like a Block Watch program.
In Woodinville, Dominic Marzano, of the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District, is actively involved in helping neighborhoods and businesses deal with any type of disaster that occurs. This month, Dominic will be attending the National Emergency Management Institute, in Maryland, to earn his certification as a Community Emergency Response Trainer.
Disaster knows no borders. In July, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring a five-day course, "Integrated Emergency Management," in Virginia. One hundred representatives from Mercer Island, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Woodinville have been invited to attend.
Training will include event simulation, drills and setting up an operations area so communities will be better able to work together. Those attending will be representatives of these cities, the county, and state, as well as community volunteers.
A good example of emergency preparedness is the Northshore School District which has a high level of commitment from teachers, staff, and parents, working in cooperation with the fire district, making sure that every school has a plan with the same format. A project is underway to guarantee basic supplies for every school.
For assistance in learning how to prepare your family, neighborhood, school, or business, in the event of a disaster or emergency, call the Office of Emergency Management at 296-3830, Dominic Marzano at 483-2131, or my office at 296-1003.