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. An official Project Impact Signing Ceremony is scheduled for September, 2000, in Bremerton, Washington.