Puget Sound Maritime Transportation System Resilience
The Puget Sound Region has received funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) to address the enormous risk the region faces in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake. The CSZ is a 1,000 kilometer long subduction zone stretching from British Columbia to Oregon and could generate a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. PNWER and the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience serve as a project lead, bringing together stakeholders across the region to identify how Puget Sound waterways can be used to transport key goods and personnel in the event of a disastrous earthquake that will likely leave air and ground transportation infrastructure significantly damaged. The project is divided into two phases which will take place over the course of three years. In phase 1, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region will lead a series of workshops to explore port area capabilities and opportunities for collaboration among private and public sector stakeholders in the response and recovery from a major earthquake. An initial series of three workshops will introduce emergency managers to the maritime industry, explore earthquake risk, identify specific maritime assets that could be used to resupply Community Points of Distribution (CPODs), and begin to map those assets and evaluate how they can be instrumental in resupplying Puget Sound communities.
An additional series of workshops will focus on each of the six port areas in more depth, and a final, regionwide workshop will bring all stakeholders back together to review work accomplished and identify any additional gaps and opportunities for the maritime sector to engage in emergency preparedness and resilience.
In Phase 2 of this project, engineering firm Moffatt & Nichol will take the data collected in Phase 1 to generate a Maritime Resilience Framework, to be tested in a tabletop exercise. The team will also lead a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant exercise to socialize and train the Framework. Finally, they will create a maritime annex to regional and state catastrophic catastrophic plans to identify key opportunities to engage the maritime sector in response, recovery, and restoration.
Washington Emergency Management Division - Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program
Disaster Zone Podcast - Earthquake Risks in Western Washington
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