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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Seattle City Council emergency preparedness initiative to launch Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
6/9/2011  9:53:00 AM
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Dana Robinson Slote  (206) 615-0061


Council President Richard Conlin


Seattle City Council emergency preparedness initiative to launch Monday
City staff, guest engineers, professors, and scientists to brief Council and public

SEATTLE - Today, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, Chair of the Regional Development and Sustainability Committee, released the following statement and schedule for Seattle City Council emergency preparedness briefings regarding lessons learned from recent catastrophic events in Japan, Chile and New Zealand:

"The disasters we have witnessed the past year from earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand, and Japan have come at great human and economic cost. It is our obligation to identify and apply lessons learned to our own readiness here in Seattle – another spot on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

"Over the next few months, City staff and guest engineers, professors and scientists will be briefing the Full Council and the Council's Regional Development and Sustainability Committee on what was learned from those earthquakes, the state of our own emergency preparedness, and how to improve our capabilities.

"The intent is to conclude with a prioritized work plan that focuses our resources and attention on those measures that will assure the best possible response to and recovery from significant disasters."

Emergency preparation initiative meeting timeline and invited speakers:

Each of the following meetings will be held in Council Chambers, on the second floor of City Hall at 600 Fourth Avenue. All Seattle City Council meetings are cablecast and Webcast live on Seattle Channel 21 and on the City Council's website.

  • June 13, 9:30 a.m. Full Council briefing
  • High-level review of City's earthquake planning elements, presentation of the 10 year progress report since the Nisqually earthquake.

    • Presenter: Barb Graff, Office of Emergency Management (OEM)


  • June 21, 2 p.m., Regional Development and Sustainability Committee
  • Earthquake risk, hazard, and consequences in Seattle briefing; update on safety and response warning systems and immediate response strategies.

    • Presenter: Bill Steele, University of Washington (UW) Seismology Lab and City departments


  • July 18, 9:30 a.m., Full Council briefing
  • Briefing on lessons learned from Japan, New Zealand, Chile: including studying the Seattle Fault and Cascadia Subduction scenarios; how buildings fared in these areas; were their codes comparable; and, what would similar earthquakes do to the Puget Sound.

    • Presenters: Barb Graff, OEM, Ken Oshima, UW Architecture School, Jon Siu, Department of Planning and Development (DPD), and Mark Pierepiekarz, local structural engineer


  • August 2, 2 p.m., Regional Development and Sustainability Committee
  • Briefing on effectiveness of seismic mitigation, unreinforced masonry, retrofit study and ordinance, and recovery planning to be completed.

    • Presenters: Bob Frietag, UW Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research, Diane Sugimura, DPD, Barb Graff, OEM, and Erika Lund, OEM


  • August 16, 2 p.m., Regional Development and Sustainability Committee
  • Briefing and discussion on shelters and interim housing: best practices from ‘Local Solution for a National Problem,' work done by New York City Office of Emergency Management on post disaster interim housing. Briefing on vulnerable populations: preparing and meeting the needs of seniors, children, ESL, low-income, culturally isolated, variably-abled, among others.

    • Presenters: Jill Watson, Human Service Department and Emergency Support Function-6 (ie Mass Care) Coordinator, Joanne Quinn, Office of Housing, and invited presenter from the City of New York


  • September 12, 9:30 a.m. Full Council briefing
  • Discussion on how to define and achieve resiliency.

    • Presenters: Scott Miles, Western Washington University, Resilience Institute and Bob Frietag, UW Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research


  • September 20, 2 p.m., Regional Development and Sustainability Committee
  • Briefing on criticality of personal, neighborhood and district preparedness; Hub (centralized sites where residents can show up to help one another) update and expansion strategy; creation of a Disaster Readiness and Safety Center; and, Regional Catastrophic Planning. How will the regional planning developed to date address our worst case scenarios? Also presentation on the Evergreen 2012 regional earthquake exercise.

    • Presenters: JoAnn Jordan, Mark Howard, Lise Northey, and Barb Graff, OEM


  • September 26, 9:30 a.m., Full Council briefing
  • Briefing and discussion on what we've learned and prioritization of next steps.

    • Presenter: Barb Graff, OEM

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