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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 28, 2011

10 years later, ready for an earthquake?

Ten years after the Nisqually Earthquake shook the Northwest, are you better prepared for a temblor now?

To get residents to think about preparing for an earthquake, Bellevue's Office of Emergency Management is inviting people to join in a conversation on its Facebook page. Visitors are asked how the Nisqually earthquake impacted them and what steps they're taking to be ready for another one.

The Nisqually Earthquake was 32 miles deep and had an epicenter in southern Puget Sound. It caused mild damage in the Bellevue area compared to what could happen if the Northwest is jolted by a shallow earthquake along the Seattle Fault, which runs east-west through the middle of Bellevue. 

Of all of the natural disasters we may encounter here in the northwest, an earthquake has the greatest potential for major damage to our community.

The risks from earthquakes can be reduced significantly by taking action in advance to ensure that you and your family stay safe and recover quickly. Here are few simple steps you can take to prepare for earthquakes, and other emergencies:

  • Create an emergency plan for you and your family
  • Keep an emergency kit on hand that can sustain your household for three days or longer.
  • Identify an out-of-area emergency point of contact for your family.
  • Learn life-saving skills such as first aid and CPR, or how to use a defibrillator.
  • Talk to your family, friends and coworkers about earthquake preparedness.

The city's preparedness pages offer more information. If you have any questions, please contact Vernon Owens (vowens@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-6033).

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