The northwest has been abuzz since the New Yorker recently published a cautionary tale about the “Big One” looming off the shores of Oregon and Washington. The amazing 6,000 word article was terrifying and an affirmation of what I have learned about this fault line googling late at night over the last seven years.
I have been fascinated by the response in news groups throughout the northwest. I am pleased with some of the response from coastal communities who were initially living in denial when I began talking about this in 2008 – now most have taken steps to prepare for an earthquake. I love that, especially since most of my family is near the inundation zone on the southern Oregon coast.
Many of the “PNW Newbies,” those who have relocated to the Northwest just learned about our “dirty little secret” and some are paralyzed with fear. I feel bad for most of these northwest residents, many of whom are parents, and don’t know where to begin.
I am happy to see the New Yorker published a follow-up that clarifies some of the hyperbole originating from a FEMA director and it also adds tips for preparing for a 9.0 earthquake.
If you are looking for ways to prepare and where to start… baby steps. Don’t be overwhelmed by this – you need to start somewhere. Divide & conquer.
I will begin putting together lists and featuring what’s in our homemade “Grab & Go” kits.
Just start right now. Make lists. You can do this.
New Yorker follow up article:
2 thoughts on “Cascadia Earthquake: The Northwest Is Abuzz”
Traci, I like your website. Rest assured you are not the only “nut” preparing. In my Seattle neighborhood only about 5% appear to be doing so (including me). Most people are too preoccupied getting through each week and month. Yet I see it as worthwhile putting time into as after a major quake there won’t be any rental housing available. Thus we must do what we can to ensure that our homes get through it intact. Take care, David Yamaguchi
I agree, David. Best wishes to you.