Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanos, and wildfires are among the emergencies we must prepare to deal with in Washington State. Helping with the response to disasters when power and communications systems go down are amateur radio operators. This Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, several radio operators will gather at the Westport Maritime Museum in Grays Harbor County for a field test of the Washington Emergency Management Division’s statewide emergency communications system.
In the exercise, which is open to the public to observe, amateur radio operators will try to contact the state’s Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray in southern Pierce County and emergency operations centers in all of the state’s 39 counties. Officials may need that help someday.
When disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis occur, local and state emergency officials also will rely on data and maps prepared by DNR’s geologists as they assess the situation. DNR has worked with federal agencies and local governments to prepare maps of recommended tsunami evacuation routes for many coastal Washington communities. The department also maps earthquake faults and hazards.
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