Climate Change: A Practical Guide


Climate Change:  A Practical Guide By Linda Crerar & Nancy Aird How are more extreme weather, rising temperatures, and climate change affecting our health, homes, finances, safety, and day-to-day activities? What can we do about it? Every year, Washington faces floods, wildfires, landslides, tornadoes, and snow. Our Confluence staff has talked with experts and reviewed current studies to assess the risks. What are some risks and possible gains that are being noted today so mitigation steps can be initiated before issues become more severe? Remember some of these extremes: Wildfire: Labor Day 2020 - Wildfires in eastern WA destroyed Malden [...]

Climate Change: A Practical Guide2022-04-28T19:39:45+00:00

Breaking News – 322nd Year Anniversary of Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake/Tsunami


Breaking News - 322nd Year Anniversary of Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake/Tsunami   By Nancy Aird January 26, 1700, at 9:00 pm, the last Cascadia Subduction Zone megathrust earthquake (CSZ) was estimated at magnitude 8 or 9, and the subsequent tsunami devastated the Pacific Northwest. How are we able to estimate the magnitude of the fault slippage, date, and devastation without modern seismic data? Indigenous knowledge, geo-forensics, and written history from other parts of the world provided clues., “Tsunami Preparedness Oral History of the Hoh,” features Hoh elder Viola Rieke telling the story of Thunderbird and Whale roles in tsunamis. [...]

Breaking News – 322nd Year Anniversary of Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake/Tsunami2022-02-26T21:39:05+00:00

Education Journey – Brick and Mortar or Online or…?


Education Journey - Brick and Mortar or Online or...? By Nancy Aird Human Rights Watch,, report “Years Don’t Wait for Them – Increased Inequalities in Children’s Right to Education Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic”. Bede Shepard, Hye Jung Han, and Elin Martinez, May 17, 2021. By April, 190 countries worldwide shut out 1.4 billion students from pre-primary through secondary schools. This is roughly 90% of the world’s school-aged children’s education disrupted. As a California middle school teacher summed up in the report, “A lot of these problems that we are facing with distance learning are problems that we deal [...]

Education Journey – Brick and Mortar or Online or…?2022-02-26T21:29:47+00:00

Evaluate Local Workforce Against Education Through Data Analytic Tools


CHMURA – JOBSEQ: Evaluate Local Workforce Against Education Through Data Analytic Tools By Nancy Aird Do you understand the local workforce? JobsEQ by CHMURA software tools provide data analytics on critical indicators, including occupation and industry data, demographic profile by age and race, income and poverty levels, underemployment, growth demands, wages, and employment by history. JobsEQ for Education also produces data projections on what skills, certifications, and occupations will be high-wage and in-demand in the coming years. Ten of the Centers of Excellence (COE) have joined together to develop a CHMURA Data Pilot to research, analyze and disseminate information [...]

Evaluate Local Workforce Against Education Through Data Analytic Tools2021-06-22T21:51:59+00:00

Wildfire Mitigation


Wildfire Mitigation By Nancy Aird “WILDFIRE READY NEIGHBORS “– WA new, free community initiative program “Wildfire Ready Neighbors” is a new, free collaboration between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), preparedness experts, fire districts, and landowners/ residents. Chelan, Okanogan, and Spokane counties initiated this program in April to promote preparing properties against wildfire. Renters, homeowners, and landowners in the three counties sign up at to have a wildfire expert visit their property and develop a detailed action plan. This plan includes mitigation and preparation steps, local resources information, and contractor lists. Washington wildfires burned 812,000 acres [...]

Wildfire Mitigation2021-05-26T18:54:40+00:00

Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST)


By Nancy Aird The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted on July 26, 1990. It guaranteed equal access to individuals with disabilities to state and local programs, services, programs, activities, and facilities, which included support from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith and community-based organizations, and private sources. FEMAs’ Whole Community preparedness approach promotes integrating people with access and functional needs (AFN) into general emergency shelters or other areas. In 2007, the California Department of Social Services created the Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) program after Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath showed sheltering thousands of disaster victims needed pre-incident and proper coordination. FAST [...]

Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST)2021-04-29T20:48:59+00:00

United Nations Women Training Center Classes


By Nancy Aird In 2015, the world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to ensure women and girls’ rights across all goals for justice and inclusive economies by 2030. The United Nations (UN) Women site provides daily news, blogs, and training to promote these SDGs. The UN Women Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides open access to advanced skills and knowledge acquired by training and sharing to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights. Many of these courses are self-paced and free. Catalog offerings currently available include the following categories: Leadership & Governance: Economic Empowerment [...]

United Nations Women Training Center Classes2021-04-07T21:55:19+00:00

Japan Insights on Preparedness


By Nancy Aird March 3, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. Japan faced this experience with “BOSAI,” a science that can save your life. Nationally this cultural idea of preparedness /resiliency evolved from the EDO period experiences of running urban fires. Today the nation is faced yearly with emergency response activation from earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods, landslides, snow, and volcano eruption. Disaster preparedness is exercised for and handled by all levels of society - national, community, personal, and schools. Check out Japanese insights and lessons for handling emergencies on [...]

Japan Insights on Preparedness2021-04-07T22:28:36+00:00
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