Emergency Management http://kplu.org en Tolerable risk vs. terrible catastrophe: Dams and the big one http://kplu.org/post/tolerable-risk-vs-terrible-catastrophe-dams-and-big-one It's a question all of us face sooner or later: whether to spend a good chunk of money to protect against a catastrophe that has a very low chance of occurring. A workshop that just wrapped up in Corvallis considered that dilemma in the context of Northwest dams and a magnitude 9 earthquake.<p>Oregon, Washington and the federal Bureau of Reclamation have prioritized which dams they're most concerned about in case the Big One hits. For the feds, it's Scoggins Dam, 25 miles west of Portland. Brian Becker is chief of Reclamation's dam safety program. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:24:30 +0000 Tom Banse 5657 at http://kplu.org Tolerable risk vs. terrible catastrophe: Dams and the big one Tax hikes take effect in Washington January 1st http://kplu.org/post/tax-hikes-take-effect-washington-january-1st <p>In the new year, Washington state is raising taxes. But you'll need sharp eyes to notice where.&nbsp; Lawmakers have hiked and expanded a telephone tax to support 911 service.</p><p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 02:38:22 +0000 Tom Banse 446 at http://kplu.org Tax hikes take effect in Washington January 1st 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