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LIVING IN THE SEATTLE AREA you may hear about the next "big one" we're due for. Whether it happens in the next year or 30 years from now, I want to make sure I'm prepared. And I want to help the businesses and the people around me be prepared as well.
I recently attended the QuakeSmart Earthquake Business Preparedness Summit hosted by Simpson Strong-Tie in Kent, WA. The program is put on by FEMA and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®. Experts from around the area spoke on the importance of business preparedness, precautionary steps that can be taken, and the actual science behind earthquake activity.
Jon Mitchell (Christchurch Incident Commander, Massey University) gave his account of the Christchurch earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011. The February 2011 earthquake accounted for 182 deaths, 6,659 injuries, 7,500 displaced students and at least 60,000 people displaced from their homes or businesses. The city is working on rebuilding with a five year recovery strategy that started in 2012. Paul Bodin, a Research Professor at the University of Washington stated it will cost Christchurch around 15 billion dollars to rebuild - 10% of New Zealand's GDP.
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