Last week, students in my risk seminar heard from UW seismologist Bill Steele, in particular about the Cascadia subduction zone we live in, including what advance planning and management of risks associated with a major earthquake can be done in advance.
This week, students will hear from Erika Lund, who oversees the City of Seattle's Disaster Recovery Plan, which is an entirely different framework from which to view a disaster. Among the questions asked of the Executive Advisory Group, to which Mayor Ed Murray appointed me, were: how will the Seattle community handle short and long term recovery efforts? How can we return our economy, education system, social service network, and other vital aspects of our community to full function? How can we use a disaster as an opportunity to rebuild our community better than it was before? Who is responsible for making such decisions and with whose input? How and when will they be made?
Erika will describe the planning process today and talk as well about the identification of the core values that are a part of the plan.
Someone asked me yesterday if I don't find the world a very depressing place. I answered that I do not, in part because of inspired work like this, and the people who give their time to do it.