Three-day Drill Will Prepare For Cascadia’s Worst

The Cascadia Subduction Zone. We live above it, and it’s no secret that it may be deadly.

It was the subject of a viral, Pulitzer-winning New Yorker article, which said a rupture of the subduction zone would be the worst natural disaster in history.

From June 7-10, communities across the Cascadia area will practice emergency response to a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami along the 600-mile subduction zone on a fault that runs from British Columbia to Northern California. Known as “Cascadia Rising,” the drill will incorporate approximately 20,000 people.

Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers at all levels of government – as well as the private sector – will conduct a “simulated field response.” The National Guard will take part in the drill, as well as the Port of Tacoma, among other organizations.

“We’ve worked tirelessly in Washington state to work with our partners and develop a response plan so we can immediately coordinate assistance and provide help following a catastrophic disaster,” said Major General Bret Daugherty, director of the Washington Military Department and commander of the Washington National Guard.

Partners in the drill can be found online, with participants coming from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Tribal Nations, and the federal government.

is a staff writer at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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