As the shaking subsides, I begin to move from under the desk when the floor under me drops about 6 feet collapsing over the people on the 1st floor. Battered and bruised, I try to climb out the door to my office but there is so much debris, I decide to drop from the second floor window to the parking lot below. Once outside, I see devastation all around. Injured people begin assembling in the parking lot.
Along the coast, the worst is yet to come. A series of tsunami waves, 30-80 feet high is fast approaching. My home is there, my dog and cats, my friends and neighbors. Will they make it to high ground? Can they make it to safety?
I hear someone shouting for help and I move to render whatever assistance I can. “Help me. Oh please help me” she cries, as I make eye contact with her. She has a broken leg – appearing to have been crushed under a large beam from the building. As I try to free her leg, all I can think about is my family.
Saturday January 26th 2013 at 9pm is the 313th anniversary of the Great Cascadia Earthquake & Tsunami of 1700
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all citizens to please prepare your family and friends for disaster events. Make plans for communication. Prepare a GO Kit for all members of your family as well as your pets. Understand what your child’s schools emergency plans are. Know the emergency plans of your employer and develop plans for home. If you have a disability and need assistance, NOW is the time to work on a plan to receive assistance. We will likely be separated from loved ones. Plan together to reduce the impact and stress a disaster event will have upon your family and friends.