By Tom Bennett KAST Radio May 27, 2016
This week officials from local agencies in Clatsop County held a final planning meeting for Cascadia Rising, the largest-ever regional exercise supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region X that will include local, state, tribal and federal partners.
Cascadia Rising is scheduled to occur June 7-10 in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and will simulate the first four days following a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.
The scenario for Cascadia Rising is a magnitude 9.0 earthquake – equal in power to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. Cascadia Rising will help ensure emergency response partners are working together to provide decision-makers with information to implement programs and policies that will save lives and property. The lessons learned in Cascadia Rising will be used to update local, tribal and state government, private and non-governmental organizations’ large-scale earthquake response plans.