SEATTLE, Wash. -- On Friday, January 28, 2000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director James Lee Witt joined Congressman Norm Dicks, King County Executive Ron Sims, Pierce County Executive Doug Sutherland, and a host of government, business, community and nonprofit agency leaders to formally sign the King and Pierce County Project Impact partnership agreement at the Centre at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Avenue N.E., in Tacoma. Project Impact is a nation-wide initiative designed to change the way America deals with disasters by forging local partnerships, prioritizing hazards, pooling resources and taking action before disaster strikes. King and Pierce County Project Impact partners include: FEMA, Pierce Transit, Port of SEATTLE, Wash., Port of Tacoma, Sound Transit, University of Washington, USGS, Washington State departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, Boeing, Burlington Northern Santa FE Railroad and EQE International.
Initial King and Pierce County Project Impact partnership priorities will include assuring the earthquake reliability of the regional transportation system. The combined trade of the Tacoma and Seattle ports - $100 billion annually - surpasses the total trade volume across the North Atlantic to Europe.