There is a lot of buzz and interest surrounding this week’s New Yorker article The Really Big One: An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.
The science in the article isn’t new. The fact that there are people outside of the emergency management community talking about this hazard and their own personal preparedness is a good thing. It’s a conversation that needs to be had.
If the article got your attention, then you’ve already taken the first step to get better prepared, because you are better informed. This is an opportunity to learn more about the hazards in the Pacific Northwest and how you can better prepare yourself, your family, and your community. Whether you live east or west of Interstate 5, we live in a seismically active area and the worst-case scenario outlined in the article is a real possibility. One of our jobs as FEMA is to plan for an event of that size.
While the conversation itself is valuable, don’t let the opportunity to take action pass you by. Take it further today by making a family emergency plan and starting your emergency supply kit. For more information about getting prepared, visit Ready.gov/earthquakes or Ready.gov/tsunamis.
For more on the science behind the Cascadia Subduction Zone, visit the U.S. Geological Survey website.