We live in earthquake country – this January we had earthquakes in Sudden Valley, Birch Bay, and Ferndale.Those have been too small to feel, but we will have a significant earthquake, it is a geologic certainty. We just do not know when or how big.
Earthquakes can strike at any time, and everyone needs to “Be Prepared”, at home, at school, in the workplace, while shopping, in houses of worship, or just taking a walk in the park. Mother Nature does not pay any attention to the calendar, the weather or the readiness of our communities. Being prepared is a small investment of time, money and energy that will help protect you, your family and our community.
Whatcom County is earthquake country. They have occurred. They will occur again. We don’t know when, we don’t know where, and we don’t know how big. However, we do know that we can do things to both mitigate and prepare for what will inevitably happen. We can prepare our homes by Surveying, Suppling and Reaching Out. In our schools we can Research, Evaluate and Participate. In the workplace we can Plan, Equip and Train.
“We Are Prepared”
General Earthquake Preparedness Information
- American Red Cross – Earthquake Safety
- Ready.Gov – Earthquakes
- FEMA – Earthquake
- United States Geological Survey – Prepare
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Earthquake Preparedness and Response
- Southern California Earthquake Center – Earthquake Preparedness for Educational Facilities
- The Great Washington Shakeout – Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills
- National Geographic – Earthquake Safety Tips
- Insurance Institute For Business & Home Safety – Earthquake
- Save the Children – 10 Tips For Earthquake Safety
- Government of Jamaica – Earthquakes (Good tips for Children, Disabled & Elderly)
- New Zealand Civil Defence – Earthquake!
- New Zealand Civil Defence – “Turtle Safe” – Great pre-school resource
- Mikiko Tanifuji, “The Impact of Japan’s March 11th Earthquake and Tsunami on Libraries and the Conduct of Research and Publications in Japan”
- Perspectives on Haiti Two Years after the Earthquake, Clive Brown, Jonathan Ripp, James Kazura
- United State Geological Survey – Publications – Earth Science Journals
- Geological Society of America – The 1906 earthquake and a century of progress in understanding earthquakes and their hazards
- LiveScience: New Faults, and Earthquake Risks, Found in Washington
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Tsunami Hazard Map of the Bellingham Area, Washington: Modeled Tsunami Inundation from a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Modeling a Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake on the Boulder Creek Fault Zone in Whatcom County.
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: Community clusters of tsunami vulnerability in the US Pacific Northwest
- Journal of Geophysical Research: Crustal earthquake triggering by pre-historic great earthquakes on subduction zone thrusts