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News and Events from Washington State

Read about the latest news in homeland security and emergency management from Washington State. Learn about common trends, threats, and emergency situations from the Pacific Northwest. This page will help you learn how to respond to an emergency event.

WASHINGTON STATE NEWS & TRENDS

Measles spreading in U.S., mostly among unvaccinated children

Measles is spreading in the U.S. As of 5 February, there were 50 cases in Washington state and five in Houston. New cases are being added daily. Health officials, including the U.S. surgeon general, are urging parents to get their children vaccinated.
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The Cascadia Playbook

A Cascadia event is based on the threat of a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 Subduction Zone earthquake and resultant tsunami. Coastal counties will experience a devastating tsunami on top of severe ground shaking (up to five minutes).
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Washington Research Council

The Washington Research Council examines how public policy issues will affect business, government, and the community. Research is based on facts from reliable data sources and informed by economic analysis with an appreciation of the power of free markets.
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Washington State 211

National 211 Day and Washington 211’s Advocacy Day

Last year, 2-1-1 answered more than 14.3 million requests for help, on the phone, via text and web chat. #211day
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Governor’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget Proposal

Governor Inslee introduced his 2019-21 biennial budget. It contains several items that are important to emergency management.
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earthquake scale

Major Earthquakes & Cascading Events: Potential Health and Medical Implications

Deciding what degree to pursue is a big decision for students. It depends somewhat on what career the student wants to pursue, but not entirely. Many fields require a bachelor’s degree, but do not require a major in a certain field of study.
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HSEM Center of Excellence – Internship Guidebook

This Guidebook is intended for employers with any level of knowledge of internships. It can serve as a training tool for those looking to understand what an internship program is and is not, identify the purpose of an internship program, and much more.
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Is a Lack of Institutional Knowledge Plaguing Emergency Management?

As the emergency management field grows and evolves, it does so in the face of a warming climate, a proliferation of new technologies and a changing of the guard as baby boomers retire and are replaced with younger workers.
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Inslee hands keys to future innovation, clean-tech campus to Port of Skagit

Gov. Jay Inslee today handed over the keys to the future Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center to the Port of Skagit. The 225-acre property will be developed into a clean technology campus that serves as an economic engine for the area.
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Kilauea Volcano Helps Emergency Managers Better Prepare for Threats in Washington

When emergency management workers from Washington travel to Hawaii to help respond to the Kilauea volcanic eruption, they also learn valuable lessons for Washington’s own volcano program.
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Congratulations to our Staff and HSEM BAS Degree Graduate Shane Moore as an HSEM BAS Graduate and Pierce College 2018 Outstanding Student

Shane has worked with the Center since 2017 as our Employer Engagement/Outreach Specialist and will graduate on June 15, with the first HSEM BAS degree in Washington State.
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Medical Surge and the Role of Urgent Care Centers

In the U.S., approximately 8,100 urgent care centers—medical clinics with expanded hours that are equipped to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of non-life and limb threatening illnesses and injuries—provide care to 30 to 50 patients each per day on average.
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Opportunity scholarships expanded to include technical and community colleges

A generous state scholarship program that helps pay college tuition at four-year schools will soon expand to help students earn professional technical degrees at community and technical colleges.
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Seattle makes little progress on buildings that can kill in earthquakes

"You might be on borrowed time,” warns the mayor of a New Zealand city where a 2011 quake destroyed unretrofitted brick buildings and killed 185 people. Retrofitting old buildings may be expensive, she said, but it costs less than the liability for injuries or fatalities.
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Olympia’s Indifference to Earthquake Prep Could Kill Us All

From President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech to reports on the shortcomings of U.S. bridges, this is a week when critical infrastructure is in the news — and when people and organizations argue for more funding for that critical infrastructure.
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Emergency Drill

Resources from the National Disaster Distress Helpline

Collection of some resources from the national Disaster Distress Helpline + additional behavioral health resources to support immediate and long-term recovery following the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL on 6/12/16.
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Call 211

Answer the Call – 211 for Help with Problems

Problems are a part of life and some are harder to deal with than others. When you can't do it alone and need help you can call 211 and receive assistance. Watch this video to learn more.
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disaster

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

Earthquakes can bring mild to violent shaking and can occur anytime, anywhere. This guide can help you protect yourself, your family, and your property before, during, and after an earthquake.
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6 Ways to Prepare Your Business for ‘The Really Big One’

A devastating earthquake/tsunami combo is predicted in the Pacific Northwest. Here are some tips to help your company be ready if a disaster such as a 9.0 magnitude earthquake were to hit your area.
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The Continuity Excellence Series

The Continuity Excellence Series is dedicated to recognizing and enhancing excellence in the development and implementation of Continuity programs. You can earn a certificate as either a Professional Continuity Practitioner (Level I) or Master Continuity Practitioner (Level II).
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