Resilient Washington report gains honors for its earthquake recovery assessments

(Left to right) Dave Norman, Washington State Geologist and co-chair, Washington State Seismic Safety Committee; John Parrish, California State Geologist and Chair, Western States Seismic Policy Council Board of Directors; and Robert Ezelle, Director, Washington State Emergency Management Division and co-chair, Washington State Seismic Safety Committee.
(Left to right) Dave Norman, Washington State Geologist and co-chair, Washington State Seismic Safety Committee; John Parrish, California State Geologist and Chair, Western States Seismic Policy Council Board of Directors; and Robert Ezelle, Director, Washington State Emergency Management Division and co-chair, Washington State Seismic Safety Committee.

Congratulations to Dave Norman, Washington State Geologist and manager of the DNR Division of Geology and Earth Resources, and the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee (SSC). Dave is a a co-chair of the committee that was honored recently with a Western States Seismic Policy Committee Award of Excellence. Their achievement was the recently published Resilient Washington State Report assessing the many ways an earthquake can hurt us and the many challenges that citizens, government and industry will face in the recovery.

There have been other reports on earthquakes, of course, but this one contrasts optimal recovery times with the best estimates of experts. In addition to more realistic assessments of what our state needs, the Resilient Washington State Report offers numerous recommendations to improve the disaster resilience of critical services, transportation, utilities and local economies statewide.  

This detailed report was developed through with the aid of a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary panel – a two-and-a-half year effort involving more than 100 subject-matter contributors.

The process that the committee created has become a model that other states, including Oregon, are replicating to conduct statewide assessments. A large helping of the credit goes to the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association and its document about earthquake recovery, “The Resilient City,” which preceded the Washington report.

The nomination was submitted by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, affiliated with the University of Washington. The Washington Seismic Safety Committee provides recommendations to state-level decision makers and the Emergency Management Council.

DNR, through its Division of Geology and Earth Resources, monitors, assesses, and researches causes of earthquakes, landslides, and natural hazards and publishes information about them – information that is critical to decision makers in government and the private sector, and will help reduce the human and financial effects of natural disasters.

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