EL NINO IS HERE TO STAY...AND IT'S GETTING STRONGER
According the most recent forecast, El Nino is getting stronger and will have significant impacts upon the nation's weather. Normal El Nino winters for the Pacific Northwest are dryer and warmer with low snow amounts, however, this is no ordinary El Nino. Read the last few paragraphs to see what Dr. Cliff Mass from the UW has to say about the event and the possibilities for this coming winter.
July 14, 2015
TWO INTERESTING ARTICLES ON THE CASCADIA SUBDUCTION ZONE EARTHQUAKE AND RESULTING TSUNAMI
1. Here is an article from the New Yorker Magazine from the July 20, 2015 edition by Kathryn Schulz "The Really Big One - An Earthquake that Will Devastate Seattle: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one?intcid=mod-most-popular
2. When you finish the New Yorker article, please read the response from WA State Emergency Management at: http://mil.wa.gov/blog/news/post/preparedness-training-key-in-riding-out-the-big-one
Remember, this event has occurred and impacted Washington State. It will occur again. The tectonic plates continue to ride along each other, one dipping below and the other raising ready to buckle or slip resulting in the next Cascadia Subduction Zone rupture. The impact will be significant throughout Washington State as well as the Pacific Northwest. Educating yourself and family on your specific risk to the different hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest will help you and your family when challenged with this type of enormous disaster. Preparation will reduce the impact of the event and allow you to make the necessary decisions which can assist your family and friends to safety and survival.
July 9, 2015
THE OCOSTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE FIRST VERTICAL EVACUATION, TSUNAMI ENGINEERED, SAFE HAVEN BUILDING IN NORTH AMERICA IS ON SCHEDULE TO OPEN IN EARLY 2016
The construction of the first vertical evacuation tsunami engineered, safe haven building in North America is moving along at a rabbits pace. The link to the demolition of the Ocosta Elementary School is below. From there you can view the weekly progress on you-tube videos of the construction.
This is an unprecedented project anywhere in North America and will provide a template for all communities to build safe haven structures for schools, hospitals, police, fire and other government buildings.
The Ocosta Elementary School Project was based upon concepts of "Project Safe Haven" presented by the University of Washington, WA State Emergency Management Division, FEMA, and the Department of Natural Resources.
The project was driven by a community determined to protect their children from the hazards of earthquake and tsunami, a superintendent, Paula Akerlund, who has refused to quit, especially during moments of what seemed to be extreme adversity, and her staff and faculty who have supported Paula and the project since day one.
The videos are educational and amazing. It proves the extreme power and resolve of people and community. Kudos to all as our excitement builds towards the ribbon cutting in early 2016.