Be prepared, not scared of geologic hazards

Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens
Volcanoes like Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens (right) are part of what make Washington beautiful, but also pose hazards to the communities below. DNR’s new emergency preparation page has tips on how to prepare and respond to geologic hazards.  Photo: Venice Goetz/DNR.

DNR is the statewide warehouse for information about geologic hazards. Information about the earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and landslides that have sculpted our wild and wonderful state is compiled, interpreted and presented by our Division of Geology and Earth Resources.

On a geologic scale, these hazards are impressive and stunning. On a human scale, however, they can be hazardous to the people who live, build and travel in Washington.

That’s why we have created a new web page full of tips on how to plan and prepare for if and when geologic emergencies strike.

ger_tsunami_evacuation_signHopefully by now many Washington residents know to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during an earthquake and have practiced this response enough to be ready in case the ground shakes. But where do you go after a volcano erupts? How long should you stay away from an area that has been inundated by a tsunami? How do you get information about an area struck by an earthquake if communication systems are disrupted?

DNR’s new emergency preparedness page contains tips, links and contact information for disaster response agencies, amateur radio operators and community meeting locations so Washingtonians can prepare themselves before our dynamic landscape presents and emergency.

Washington State Geologic Portal
The Washington State Geologic Portal is an online tool to locate geologic features and resources.

Of course, you can refine your own disaster response plan by seeing how a geologic hazard might impact your neighborhood at our Geologic Information Portal. The interactive map can show you earthquakes or landslides that struck near your home or business. You can also see how far inland tsunami waves might flood or if a volcanic lahar could speed through your neighborhood.

We live in a beautiful place. The geologic processes that formed it can be hazardous. By knowing more about how to respond and where and what hazards you and those important to you face, you can be prepared, not scared.

You can learn even more, by visiting the preparedness page of our friends at the Washington Department of Emergency Management.

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