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. Phase 1 will examine port and maritime capabilities, plans, and other resources that could be realized during the response and recovery phases after a major catastrophic event. Phase 2 will use the data collected in Phase 1 to develop a regional Maritime Resilience Framework to coordinate efforts. View the informational flyer for more information.
Washington Emergency Management Division - Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program
Disaster Zone Podcast - Earthquake Risks in Western Washington