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1 6/2/2014 National Fire Academy/Emergency Management Institute Community-Specific Integrated Emergency Management Course (CS IEMC) - Earthquake Hazard - April 14 18, 2014 Emmitsburg, MD National Emergency Training Facility 2 1

2 Initiating Earthquake and Related Tsunami At 8:00 a.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014, a major earthquake rocked the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia south to Oregon. Approximately four minutes of significant ground shaking was felt west of the Cascades and most severely along the coasts of Vancouver Island, Washington, and northwest Oregon. Initial reports from the U.S. Geological Survey indicate the magnitude 8.5 quake was centered off the coast of La Push, Washington, near 48N 126W at a depth of 25 km. Breaking News / Tsunami Breaking News Tsunami (When the Tsunami Hit) 4 2

3 Training Exercise Approx. 80 WA Co. including: WA Co. Emergency Response WCLUT Utilities (water, sewer, power) Sheriff s Office TVFR Tigard Beaverton 5 Training Exercise Situation Status (72 hrs into event): Out of fuel in 24 hrs Power is down Roads are blocked at multiple locations JWC, STL, Forest Grove, Beaverton ASR out Areas of main breaks (including Barnes Rd) Hospital out of water in 24hrs Limited resources 6 3

4 Training Exercise Assumed during exercise: Barnes Rd fixed Connections at Cornelius Pass made Interties to Beaverton operated ORWARN Crews being dispatched for: o JWC Treatment Plant o STL o Tigard Transmission Line o Other TBD Concluded with media briefing 7 Take-Aways Policy issue on resources (including water) Need to think regionally Coordination with other utilities (e.g. CWS, countywide design standards & response crews, etc ) On-site planning and inventories 8 4

5 Take-Aways This could be a Regional Infrastructure Response Location and Facility Helicopter Pad Warehouse for Critical Inventory / Emergency Pumps Temporary Trailers Water Storage H Fuel Tank & Standby Generator Sitework Solar Panels on Roof Emergency Operating Center Communications Tower 9 Take-Aways Policy issue on resources (including water) Need to think regionally Coordination with other utilities (e.g. CWS, countywide design standards & response crews, etc ) On-site planning and inventories Integration with other agencies emergency planning (WA Co., St. Vincent Hospital, TVFR,etc ) Continued planning and implementation of resilient infrastructure 10 5

6 Take-Aways Need to make sure necessary interties are in place, operational, and have associated intergovernmental agreements for them Staff planning and preparedness Regional planning needed Event is massive even Alaska is impacted due to disruption of shipping from northwest ports 11 Fuel & Power Is Gone! 12 6

7 Public Information Public Information is a crucial component of emergency management. Timely, accurate information could save lives and protect the community. Many employees, including elected officials and department heads, have lost their jobs because of flawed public information during disaster preparedness, response and recovery. 14 7

8 Common Failures in Disaster Response The most common types of failures during a disaster response are: Standard operating procedures/guidelines Communications capability Resource management Depth of organization Training and exercise National Disaster Recovery Framework Core recovery principles Roles and responsibilities of recovery coordinators and other stakeholders Coordinating structure that facilitates communication and collaboration among all stakeholders Guidance for pre-disaster and postdisaster recovery planning Overall process by which communities can capitalize on opportunities to rebuild stronger, smarter, and safer 8

9 Phases: Disaster Operations and Assistance All Hazards Disaster Timeline Identify Threat Event Occurs Federal Declaration Disaster Operations (Response) Disaster Assistance (Recovery) Close Out Start Finish M9.0 Earthquake (March 11, 2011) 18 9

10 FEMA Planning Scenario

11 6/2/ CSZ Earthquakes (Modified from Goldfinger et al., 2012) Recurrence Mw ~9 500 yrs Mw yrs Mw yrs Mw yrs 11

12 6/2/2014 Our Current Earthquake Preparedness 23 Class Photo 24 12

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