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Tag Archives: Emergency Preparedness

DNR fire meteorologist horrified by barrage of (human caused) Labor Day 2020 fire disasters

Excerpt: By the time the sun had set on September 7th, 2020, the Pacific Northwest had joined California in firestorm misery, with hundreds of thousands of acres newly burnt or burning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington, Oregon, and California unveil new alliance: Western States Pact

Excerpt: The United States' Left Coast governors have made it abundantly clear that they -- not Donald Trump -- will decide when to lift their Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders and allow businesses that are currently closed to fully reopen.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Torrent of bad news caps absolutely surreal day in the Pacific NW

Excerpt: Get the latest bad news on the novel coronavirus in this mega-update, packed with useful resources, videos, and links.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s beloved Mount Rainier National Park is inaccessible due to washed out roads

Excerpt: It isn't possible to visit Mount Rainier right now and access to the park may take weeks or even months to be restored.
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Voters give thumbs up to amendment to make Washington State more earthquake-ready

Excerpt: If passed, SJR 8200 would amend the Washington State Constitution to allow the state's emergency powers to be invoked in the event of a "catastrophic incident".
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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VICTORY! U.S. House passes Suzan DelBene’s National Landslide Preparedness Act

Excerpt: The bill would advance our understanding of the geology behind landslides and make funds available for emergency preparedness programs pertaining to landslides.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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On fifth anniversary of Oso slide, NPI calls on Legislature to fund geologic hazards research

Excerpt: NPI is calling on Washington's lawmakers to appropriate funding so geologic hazards like slides can be researched by our Department of Natural Resources.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mammoth public lands bill gets resounding vote of support on final passage in U.S. House

Excerpt: A bill that will expand our national parks system and permanently reauthorize the Land & Water Conservation Fund has cleared Congress.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Safety First! New WSDOT video explains how SR 99 tunnel is designed to withstand quakes

Excerpt: In the event of a large earthquake, the new SR 99 tunnel will be by far the safest place to be, according to seismic experts. Learn why.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Irma heading for the United States; Florida will take direct, devastating hit

Excerpt: Sunshine will soon be but a memory in the Sunshine State, with the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded set to roar ashore in a matter of hours. "If" is no longer a question. Irma is coming, and it's going to be bad.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wildfire roundup for September 5th, 2017: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are burning

Excerpt: For months, author­i­ties across the Pacif­ic North­west have been warn­ing that our region was fac­ing an extreme wild­fire risk this sum­mer that would only be exac­er­bat­ed by a lack of pre­cip­i­ta­tion. As we approach the autum­nal equinox, those fears have come to pass, with a series of dev­as­tat­ing fires burn­ing up and down the Cas­cade […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Harvey’s impact worsens as rainfall continues to deluge greater Houston

Excerpt: Last week, as read­ers know, Hur­ri­cane Har­vey roared ashore in Texas, mak­ing its first land­fall at Rock­port around 03:00 UTC. It is the first hur­ri­cane to make land­fall in the south­ern Unit­ed States in twelve years, end­ing a record stretch that began fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Hur­ri­canes Kat­ri­na and Wilma in 2005. Since then, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Windstorm lashes western Pacific Northwest, felling trees and knocking out power

Excerpt: A pow­er­ful wind­storm rolled through the Pacif­ic North­west today, felling trees, knock­ing out pow­er, and forc­ing the clo­sure of roads and bridges. Gusts of more than six­ty miles per hour were report­ed in many places, like Seat­tle’s Dis­cov­ery Park, which record­ed a peak gust of six­ty-six miles per hour at 4 PM. Winds were also […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama signs emergency declaration for Washington State to help mudslide victims

Excerpt: Good news. This just in from the White House: Today, the Pres­i­dent declared an emer­gency in the State of Wash­ing­ton and ordered fed­er­al aid to sup­ple­ment state and local response efforts due to the emer­gency con­di­tions result­ing from flood­ing and mud­slides begin­ning on March 22, 2014, and con­tin­u­ing. The Pres­i­den­t’s action autho­rizes the Depart­ment of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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