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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.  Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) will bring 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, 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. 

The first regional Maritime Resilience workshop will take place in September 2021, with others in the initial round in October and November. Please email to request registration information. 

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. 

Phase 2 of this project will analyze the data collected in Phase 1 to generate a Maritime Resilience Framework. This Framework will be tested in a tabletop exercise. Additional workshops will be facilitated to socialize and train the Framework. The final product will be a maritime annex added to the regional catastrophic plans to identify key opportunities to engage the maritime sector in response, recovery, and restoration. 

For more information on Regional Maritime Resilience Planning, contact:
Sasha Rector
Regional Catastrophic Program Coordinator 
King County Office of Emergency Management

To learn more about CPODs in the Puget Sound, contact: 
Amy Lucas
Community Resilience Program Manager
Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management

Toll Free 1-800-523-5044

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