Thursday, February 28, is the twelfth anniversary of the biggest earthquake, 6.8 magnitude, to hit Seattle in recent years. The earthquake was given the name Nisqually for its epicenter located about eleven miles from Olympia. In Seattle people were injured, but there were no deaths. There was considerable property damage and we are still living into the solutions to this as the earthquake damaged the Alaskan Way Viaduct, scheduled to be replaced.
Since 2001 there has been increased emphasis on Emergency Preparedness in Seattle and Wedgwood has done its part. Wedgwood is home to the Hub, to be activated only in case of failure of other communications systems. Wedgwoodians have been encouraged to get themselves prepared with kits to use in case of emergency, and network with neighbors to help one another. Making a home kit is easy, and families should also periodically review contact info with children so they will know what to do when at home, school or out at activities, should an earthquake occur.