The magnitude 3.5 earthquake that occurred at 11:53 a.m. on July 31 at 13.9 miles north-northeast of Aberdeen, Wash., is a subtle reminder we all live in earthquake country. Please use the gentle notification by Mother Nature as an opportunity to prepare for a much more significant occurrence.
There are numerous fault lines running throughout the region and each year, new earthquake fault lines are being discovered by researchers. The impact from a future earthquake could range from not feeling anything at all, to an event which will create extreme chaos, destruction and casualties.
All citizens of the Pacific Northwest must remain aware that earthquakes occur at all times, day and night, weekends and holidays. Having a family plan for natural disaster is paramount for all families.
Help will be on the way following any natural disaster, but it will take time. The larger the disaster event, the longer response agencies will need to reach you, your family and community.
The new guideline in Washington State is to be prepared to be on your own for 14 days or more following a natural disaster.
For more information about disaster preparedness, please contact your local emergency management office or contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or (360) 964-1575.
Chuck Wallace is deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management.