BREMERTON, Wash. -- Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology will soon allow Kitsap County planners and emergency management officials to better protect their citizens from the effects of future earthquakes. According to Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management Director Phyllis Mann, the project will use aerial LIDAR surveys to build detailed elevation models to accurately map streams, slopes, flood plains, landslide hazards and fault lines.
"We're working closely with USGS, NASA, the City of SEATTLE, Wash., the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the University of Washington to trace earthquake-related formations along the SEATTLE, Wash. Fault, which runs east from Hood Canal through Bremerton, SEATTLE, Wash. and Bellevue to the Cascade Mountains," said Mann. "This partnership not only guarantees a comprehensive survey but allows all the partners to benefit from economy of scale cost savings."
Kitsap County was selected as Washington State's Year 2000 Project Impact community, a national initiative that builds disaster-resistant communities through local stakeholder partnerships.
Attention Radio Stations:
Today's FEMA Radio Network news feed features: Kitsap DEM Director Phyllis Mann discussing:
- Natural hazards in Kitsap County.
- The Puget Sound LIDAR survey.
- Building more disaster-resistant communities through public/private partnerships.
- Project Impact in Kitsap County.
To access/record quotes, dial 1-800-323-5248. Canadian stations can call 1-202-646-4365.
Kitsap County DEM is hosting a PRESS CONFERENCE on Friday, March 10, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bremerton National Airport, to provide additional information on the LIDAR survey and introduce project partners. Airplane, LIDAR mapping equipment, pilots and operators will be on hand for photo opportunities, and to answer technical questions. Contact Laura Jull (360) 337-7119.