Disaster Preparedness http://kplu.org en Social media rising to the top of places to go in natural disasters http://kplu.org/post/social-media-rising-top-places-go-natural-disasters The next time a big wildfire erupts or an earthquake unleashes near you, Twitter, Google and Facebook might be useful places to turn. And not just you. Disaster response agencies are plunging into social media.<p>They can develop better situational awareness by seeking out your online gripes and observations. Digital platforms also provide an avenue to give more frequent official updates and correct misinformation during a catastrophe.<p>Kalab Urike has gone through the kind of disaster the Pacific Northwest is supposedly due for. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:39:33 +0000 Tom Banse 5543 at http://kplu.org Social media rising to the top of places to go in natural disasters Less than half in the NW, at best, prepared for earthquake http://kplu.org/post/less-half-nw-best-prepared-earthquake <p>If you live in the Northwest, it&#39;s hard to escape the knowledge that the possibility of a major earthquake is real.&nbsp;</p><p>Yet, far more than half of residents here are not prepared for such a disaster. Despite frequent campaigns encouraging homeowners to have at least a 3-day supply of emergency water, food and first aid on hand, authorities assume only 30-40 percent of us actually do.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:12:31 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5203 at http://kplu.org Less than half in the NW, at best, prepared for earthquake State ranks high in disaster response - for now http://kplu.org/post/state-ranks-high-disaster-response-now <p>Washington gets a top grade for being ready to handle disasters. A new study ranks the state among the most adept a wide variety of public health threats, from flood response, handling disease outbreak, and reacting to chemical spills, among other emergencies. But the report warns gains in emergency preparedness could be lost to budget cuts.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:35:16 +0000 KPLU News Staff 362 at http://kplu.org State ranks high in disaster response - for now It's landslide season http://kplu.org/post/its-landslide-season <p>Forecasters have been warning of a wet and snowy La NiƱa winter in the Northwest. &nbsp;More than five inches of precipitation fell at SeaTac airport last month. &nbsp;Wet weather means an increased risk of landslides in the Puget Sound region. &nbsp;Are you prepared?</p><p>The City of Seattle is holding a landslide awareness meeting.</p><p><strong>When: Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.</strong></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:53:15 +0000 Dave Meyer 271 at http://kplu.org It's landslide season