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Author: Ken Murphy
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...
Posted On: July 15, 2015
Author: Ken Murphy
Portland Oregon is one of the coolest prepared cities in the Pacific Northwest. They continue to find fun and innovative approaches to make themselves and their community a safer place to live. A bicycle friendly city, they are the creators of the Disaster Relief Trials, which is an event designed for cyclists of all levels, where through a series of challenges the participants showcase how bikes can be used to respond to a major disaster (such as an earthquake) to transport food, water and supplies to support their communities.  This event is a homegrown, community driven practice...
Posted On: February 28, 2014
Author: Ken Murphy
Today, the U.S. and Canada signed a partnership agreement to adapt FEMA’s hazard assessment software technology for use in Canada and elsewhere outside the United States. Hazus or “Hazards U.S.” is a risk assessment software tool for emergency management professionals that combines science, engineering, and geospatial information technology to estimate potential loss of life and property damage from disasters and natural hazards.The agreement follows increased cooperative efforts between representatives of FEMA and Natural Resources Canada to better assess common natural hazards of the two...
Posted On: August 15, 2011