Millions of Americans will consider the best ways to respond before, during and after disasters strike as they participate in America’s PrepareAthon! Sept. 30. The campaign encourages people to assess what hazards their communities face and what they can do if those hazards strike.
As Washington’s official geologic survey, DNR’s Division of Geology and Earth Resources is committed to making sure the people of Washington are prepared, not scared when disasters strike. We ensure this by improving our citizens’ understanding of the wide range of hazards our state faces – including volcanoes, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis and many others.
When those hazards happen, you should have the best information about what to do and where to go. DNR research and reports will let you know what hazards are near you and those important to you.
Preparation starts with knowledge
For 125 years, the Washington Geologic Survey has been studying Washington’s geologic hazards.
That study has led to the production of materials to give citizens an idea of where fault lines are active, where ground could liquefy during an earthquake, and what damage earthquakes could be expected to cause.
Tsunamis could strike coastal and low-lying communities at any time. DNR’s Geology Division has helped create innovative strategies to help those communities be prepared and mapped tsunami evacuation maps to help those nearby know where to go.
We’ve also mapped Washington’s hundreds of volcanic vents.
For more tips on how to be best prepared for the next disaster, check with Washington’s Emergency Management Division.
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