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Drop, Cover, and HOLD ON!
Written by: KSQM NEWS
10/15/2017

 The Great Washington Shakeout happens this Thursday, October 19th at 10:19AM Pacific Time.  


While earthquake hazard varies from region to region, most of Washington is prone to earthquakes. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation.  What you do as the Big One hits will determine the very quality of life after the next big earthquake.

 

Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?


The Great Washington ShakeOut is a statewide opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes.  

Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.


    If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:

        DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

        Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

        HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

    Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in Washington you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.


    If you in a low lying coastal area, immediately move inland and to higher ground because a tsunami could follow the earthquake. Do not return until local officials announce it is safe to reenter coastal areas.


    If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.


    If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.


Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.


Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

HOW DO YOU SAY SEQUIM?
Written by: KSQM NEWS
10/10/2017

How Do You Say Sequim?  A new video produced by the Communications Department of the City of Sequim, WA.

JAMESTOWN TRIBE UNVEILS PLANS TO BUILD HOTEL AT BLYN
Written by: ED EVANS
10/10/2017


The Jamestown S’Klallam tribe has unveiled plans to begin building a new five story hotel adjacent to the Seven Cedars casino with construction expected to start next year.  The Peninsula Daily News is reporting today that if all goes according to plan, the first phase of the long awaited project should be finished before the Memorial Day weekend of 2020.  Jamestown CEO Ron Allen told the PDN that the new hotel will be “unlike anything the Peninsula has seen,” saying it will be a four-star experience. Allen says if it is as successful as they expect, it will become a destination resort.  The project also includes plans for a spa, event center, RV park and a parking garage – depending on the success of the first phase and the resources available to the tribe. Allen says the tribe has long talked about plans for such a resort, but those discussions had to be put on hold during the Great Recession. But now, he says, efforts are finally moving forward.


MCDONALD CREEK BRIDGE TAKE DOWN
Written by: KSQM NEWS
10/10/2017

The McDonald Creek Bridge came crashing to the ground as crews work to demolish, then rebuild, the aging structure. The new bridge will be replacing the 25-foot wide structure that was built 60 years ago, in 1957  Spirit Vision Films was on hand to document Monday's dramatic take down of the old structure.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PLANS TO ELIMINATE MOUNTAIN GOATS
Written by: KSQM NEWS
07/25/2017


Officials at Olympic National Park have released a plan to reduce or eliminate its population of non-native mountain goats – a plan that includes the options of either relocating the animals, or killing them.  A draft plan released yesterday for public comment says the park’s preferred alternative calls for capturing and relocating the goats to national forests in the North Cascade Mountains, where the goats are native.  However, the proposed plan includes the backup option of killing goats that escape capture. The park began studying ways to manage the goat population after a Port Angeles hiker, 63-year-old Robert Boardman, was fatally attacked by a goat in 2014.  A survey last year found that more than 600 mountain goats graze in the alpine meadows of the Olympics. Nearly a dozen goats were introduced to the Olympic Mountains in the 1920s, in an apparent effort to establish a hunting population.  However, hunting was prohibited after the park was established in 1938. The photogenic, but pesky animals have multiplied ever since.  The earliest biologists and park rangers could begin to carry out the plan is next summer. Park officials say the ultimate objective is to reduce the Olympic Mountain goat population to zero. 

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