The following materials may provide additional detail and in-depth information. Note that as time passes, some of this older content may no longer be up-to-date. Please let us know if you find newer versions or broken links.
The Seattle Office of Emergency Management website
The Seattle OEM Plans page provides their emergency response plans, as well as links to county, state, and federal plans.
Seattle Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis (10 MB, .pdf file)
Learn which hazards pose the most risk for Seattle. This very detailed document includes maps showing areas of West Seattle that might be subject to liquefaction and tsunami inundation.
Seattle All-Hazards Mitigation Plan (9 MB, .pdf file)
Explains what Seattle is doing to reduce hazard exposure risks.
Preparedness videos— Learn about Earthquake Safe Spots and more!
During a Disaster — Do you know what to do following a disaster?
Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s 2010 Workplan: Barb Graff (Director, OEM), briefed the Seattle City Council; video on the Seattle Channel. Note that you can also search the Seattle Channel website for terms such as “emergency preparedness” to find additional video content.
Healthcare Decisions in Disasters summary report (September 2009): This (3 MB, .pdf file) details findings from several public scenario-based focus group meetings held in spring 2009 on the topic of pandemic flu medical care prioritization. We attended the first of these meetings; more details are included on our 2009 Activities & Accomplishments page.
FEMA Citizen Corps survey findings (August 2009): comprehensive data on the public’s thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors related to preparedness and community safety for multiple types of hazards. There is a summary version, a PowerPoint presentation version and the full 84 page report:
FEMA “World Upside Down” Public Service Announcement (60 second video): http://www.ready.gov/america/about/_flash/wud60.html
Simulated collapse of the Seattle seawall and the Alaskan Way Viaduct during an earthquake (posted to YouTube by the Washington State Department of Transportation):
Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division:
http://www.emd.wa.gov/ – Their February 2009 “In Focus” feature shows a vivid demonstration of the impact a 6.7 magnitude earthquake can have on the interior of a home.
Preparedness Quizzes! Test your knowledge and have fun with these challenging quizzes!
Materials from the former SDART (Seattle Disaster Aid & Response Teams) book: http://www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/preparedness.htm
SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) materials (including HELP/OK signs):
Earthquake Safety “Triangle of Life” rumor:
Other Scams and rumors can be verified or dispelled on the Snopes website (beware of pop-up ads, though!). We thought the following rumors about emergency preparedness were relevant:
ICE: In Case of Emergency campaign rumor
Flu prevention using onions
Flu prevention using hot liquids and gargling
Burke Museum Online Exhibit, “The Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest”: http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/earthquakes/bigone/intro.html
Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, Hawaii
Aftermath of a huge peninsula quake, a town-by-town analysis (March 2010):
“Solar Storms Could Be Earth’s Next Katrina” – NPR story (February 2010):
How Miami-Dade County is using GIS Data for emergency management: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Miami-Dade-County-GIS-Data-040111.html
Natural Disaster Safety: Preparedness tips for tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires – http://yourlocalsecurity.com/natural-disaster-safety
“In Case of Emergency: Read Blog” – Excellent preparedness insights and resources from the late John Solomon.
If you have suggestions for additional reading or viewing, please contact us!