emergency

Emergency Outage
4:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Commission Investigates 911 Outage

Credit Flickr Photo/Four12

The State Utilities and Transportation Commission has opened an investigation into last Thursday’s 911 emergency line outage.

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Emergency Preparedness
2:24 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

How To Survive An Earthquake

Seismogram from a M5.0 earthquake that struck near Jan Mayen Island on June 15, 1995.
Credit Flickr Photo/Dave Schumaker

An estimated 1,000 earthquakes occur in Washington state each year. Fortunately, most are of them are small, and only about 15 to 20 are felt by residents. If you're not sure what to do when an earthquake strikes, the Regional Public Information Network has some valuable guidelines:

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Emergency Preparedness
11:44 am
Fri May 24, 2013

VIDEO: You Have Seconds To Escape A Sinking Car

In this photo provided by Francisco Rodriguez, a man is seen sitting atop a car that fell into the Skagit River after the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge there minutes earlier Thursday, May 23, in Mount Vernon, Wash.
AP Photo/Francisco Rodriguez

Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, a thermophysiologist from the University of Manitoba, has studied over 100 car submersions. He says  you have 30-60 seconds to get out of a sinking car, and you don't want to wait until the car is completely underwater.

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Calling For Help
12:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

If Calling 911 Is So Easy, Why Are People Doing It Wrong?

When calling 911, know your location.
Flickr Photo/nadbasher

A new public service announcement by the state’s Emergency Management Division urges you to always “know your location” just in case you have to call 911. Emergency dispatchers say they often get calls from people who can’t describe where they are or even how to get there. With 70 percent of 911 calls coming from cell phones, it’s much harder for operators to pinpoint a specific location.

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Emergency Prepardness
9:08 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Five Ways To Recover Faster From 'The Big One'

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Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 4:11 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Chances are, you've heard the public service announcements that say "It's up to you to be ready. Get a kit. Make a plan..."

For years, emergency managers have urged people to stockpile enough food, water and supplies to last 72 hours after a disaster. In the Northwest, basic assumptions like that are now under scrutiny, especially when it comes to the risk from a big earthquake. Two committees in Oregon and Washington have been working for more than a year to come up with wide-ranging recommendations to improve the region's disaster resilience.

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Disaster Preparedness
8:54 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Pet And Animal Sheltering Complicates Emergency Readiness

Photo courtesy of American Humane Association

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 9:51 am

PORTLAND - If you watched some of last month's coverage of Superstorm Sandy, you probably saw rescues of people who refused to evacuate. Many stayed behind despite the danger to be with their pets.

Emergency shelters for people usually don't let you bring your house pets or livestock along. The same issue cropped up here during wildfire season last summer. And it could loom over the next flood or earthquake.

Oregon Humane Society trainer Jo Becker starts a recent workshop in Portland with a slide montage of Hurricane Sandy scenes.

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Natural Disasters
12:52 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

What To Have In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

As millions of people in the northeast remain living without power, we are reminded of the importance of disaster preparedness. Ross Reynolds talks with emergency preparedness training specialist, Debbie Goetz, about what to have in your disaster preparedness kit