Disaster Mitigation and Management

Peer networking lunch topic for Jan 18

Flooding or other disasters on your mind? Join us for a peer networking session on how to plan well for emergency situations on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 12:00-1:30pm. 

The region is a candidate for problems related to flooding, earthquakes, and/or landslides. Natural disasters happen, but good planning can help to mitigate the impacts to people and property, and help communities to respond and recover more efficiently.

The discussion will focus on best practices and case studies on disaster management from across the region and will include presentations from planners who have helped to develop and implement a variety of disaster management plans and programs, along with a panel discussion.

Speakers: Bob Freitag, UW Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research; Stephen Slaughter, Department of Natural Resources; Jason Biermann, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management; Kelly McGourty, Puget Sound Regional Council  

Attend in person: January 18 from 12:00-1:30 at PSRC, 1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, 98104

Or attend via webinar: At www.bluejeans.com, click “Join Meeting” and enter meeting ID 322075066. If your computer has a microphone, you may participate in the webinar through your computer. If no microphone, you may call in at +1 888 240 2560, and enter Meeting ID. AICP CM unavailable by webinar.



The City of Seattle's systematic effort to reduce cars, decrease key arterials from 4-2 lanes, coupled with pro-developer growth policies promoting yet more density put Seattle and region's citizens at huge risk. No way can we evacuate in this City. Its is likely we've already reached Seattle recent up zoned 2035 Comp Plan population; new Mandatory Housing Affordability regulation will greatly increase density long before transit capacity is planned, funded and built. Linked In advertised 90,000 new jobs in Seattle area; lower and middle class working folks can't compete with 6-figure hi tech incomes and are being pushed out of city real estate economically and forced to commute from suburban areas; less fortunate are going homeless. Seattle refuses to address emergency and disaster; the environmental disaster of the Metro sewer plant continues unabated and will only worsen with pressures of yet more density with no transportation options for those who aren't lucky enough to score jobs downtown or in SLU where transit routes are all being developed. Low and middle income neighborhoods are being displaced with high density towering Chicago Project development for benefit of he who shall not be named with no mitigation fees ever collected as provided for under the 1991 Growth Management Act. When the earthquake hits and the tunnel in the blue clay dredge material collapses and freeway park drops onto I-5 in our earthquake, think about how you could get to your loved ones and to a safe place. Ha! Greed and corruption abound. No quantitative data in the City's MHA FEIS; its the Emperor's New Clothes. Most folks can't get to work, deliver their kids to daycare, school on the bus; no cross town buses at all; Sound Transit displaced tow of Metro's most functional park and rides on I-90 and 520 for the next 5+ years. And they won't even be on line until 2040! Maybe we can get a Chinese project manager over here and build the already obsolete sound transit in 6 months not 16 years. Seattle ignores fact that I-5 and 99 are interstate and statewide transportation of essential and critical importance. Pathetic. Pray Amazon builds its second headquarters elsewhere.