‘What You Need to Know to Survive a Natural Disaster’ event will be Feb. 6

A Message from the City of Des Moines Emergency Management Director, George Delgado:

An emergency management evening public presentation, hosted by the City of Normandy Park and the Southside Seattle Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the main auditorium at the Criminal Justice Training Center, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien.

“What You Need to Know to Survive a Natural Disaster” will be the topic.

Col. Kevin McMahan and staff from Camp Murray, Washington State Emergency Management, will provide the presentation. Camp Murray operations coordinate Washington State natural disaster services and resources. Residents and business owners from the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila and Federal Way, as well as Southside Seattle Chamber members are invited.

The average cycle for the types of earthquakes that would be characterized as “the big one” is about 243 years, using the last 10,000 years as a measuring stick. We are beyond this average measure by 75 years. The chances of one of these earthquakes in the next 50 years is roughly between 10% and 33%. Such a quake is predicted to cause up to 30,000 landslides in the Seattle area alone (Schulz, Kathryn. “The Really Big One”, The New Yorker 2015).

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