VashonBePrepared President Vicky de Monterey Richoux keeps several bins with supplies in the back of her car. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

VashonBePrepared President Vicky de Monterey Richoux keeps several bins with supplies in the back of her car. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Vashon Island seen as national model for disaster readiness

The small island community relies on local volunteers and individual awareness to prepare for a major earthquake.

Seismologists predict that a magnitude-9 earthquake could strike the Pacific Northwest within the next 50 years. In a Dec. 19 article, Seattle Weekly revealed the ways in which King County officials and local residents are preparing for the large Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Due to the area’s isolation, Vashon Island residents have adopted a self-reliant mindset that has positioned the small community as a national model for disaster preparedness.

mhellmann@seattleweekly.com

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