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Seattle, Washington

The ResilientAmerica Roundtable welcomed Seattle/Puget Sound region as its third pilot community in 2015. The Central Puget Sound region experiences a variety of natural hazards including volcanos, earthquakes, floods and landslides, and sea level rise. Taking a regional focus, the Roundtable has partnered with the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), a metropolitan planning organization for the Central Puget Sound region that represents cities, counties, transit agencies, ports, tribal governments and the state. PSRC works to ensure a thriving region through planning for regional transportation, growth management, and economic development.

Through meetings and discussions with diverse stakeholders and representatives from multiple sectors in the region to identify key priorities in the region, ResilientAmerica is partnering with the PSRC to explore resilience-building priorities such as:

  • Climate adaptation
  • Equity
  • Transportation
  • Rapid economic growth

The ResilientAmerica and PSRC are working together on a regional approach to better understand and address future climate impacts, and to help local decision makers identify and integrate actions to build climate resilience into their current plans and efforts. Data were being collected from local jurisdictions across four counties in the Central Puget Sound Region (King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap) to better understand:

  • climate risks and impacts that local decision makers face;
  • inclusion of climate resilience or adaptation policies in local planning processes and documents;
  • challenges that decision makers face incorporating climate resilience into their planning;
  • ways that PSRC could help local decision makers address their climate risks; and
  • actions that could be taken at the regional level to mitigate climate impacts
Timeline of ResilientAmerica activities in the Puget Sound region:
  • May 2015:  Kick-off meeting
  • September 2015:  ResilientAmerica Roundtable holds its biannual meeting in Seattle and meets with local stakeholders
  • March 2016:  The ResilientAmerica Roundtable provides an overview of its work to the PSRC Transportation Policy Board
  • August 2016:  ResilientAmerica hosts the workshop, Building Resilience in the Puget Sound
  • November 2016:  ResilientAmerica facilitates a survey of jurisdictions in the Central Puget Sound region to learn about local jurisdictions’ goals, priorities, and challenges around climate preparedness and resiliency
  • December 2016:  Site visits (Floodplain for the Future project and Green Everett Partnership with Forterra)
  • May and July 2017:  Meetings with local jurisdictions in the Central Puget Sound region
  • January 2018: ResilientAmerica co-hosts the Puget Sound Knowledge Exchange: Resources for Building Resilience

The highest priority risks and hazards faced in the Seattle region include:

Oso landslides
Oso, Washington landslide, showing the entire
extent of the landslide source area and path.
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior/USGS
U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Mark Reid

ResilientAmerica has interacted with a range of community stakeholders in the Seattle region to understand local priorities and challenges:
  • Catalyst 2030
  • Common Agenda
  • City of Everett
  • City of Seattle
  • CollinsWoerman
  • DHS/NPPD/Office of Infrastructure Protection
  • Environmental Coalition of South Seattle
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Home Loan Bank
  • FEMA Region X
  • Five Rivers Services, LLC
  • Guy Carpenter
  • King County
  • Mercer Investments
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Northwest Healthcare Response Network
  • Pacific Northwest Economic Region
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Port of Seattle
  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Seattle Works
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Sustainable Seattle
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound
  • United Way of King County
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Washington State Emergency Management

Learn more about the Seattle region:
Seattle Natural Hazard Explorer
City of Seattle
Visit Seattle
City Climate Leadership Awards Finalist, 2014
5-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability, 2014
White House Climate Action Champion for leadership on climate change, 2014
State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, November 2015
City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan, 2015 draft
Seattle Disaster Readiness and Response Plan, 2012
Seattle All-Hazards Mitigation Plan, 2009
SHIVA – The Seattle Hazard Identification & Vulnerability Analysis, 2014
Toward a Resilient Seattle: Post-Disaster Recovery Plan Framework, 2013
Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare
Traffic Incident Management in Seattle: Observations and Recommendations, July 2, 2015
Winter Weather Response Map

Resilient King County White Paper, 2014
King County plans:
* Strategic Climate Action Plan 2015
* Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
* Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan
* Disaster Debris Management Plan
* Hazardous Materials Plan
* King County Continuity of Operations Plan
* Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan
* Regional Coordination Framework (Disaster Plan)
* Public Health preparedness plans

Washington State Emergency Management Plans
Resilient Washington State: A Framework for Minimizing Loss and Improving Statewide Recovery after an Earthquake, 2012

Oso Landslide, March 22, 2014
Nisqually Earthquake, February 28, 2001
Mount St. Helens eruption, May 18, 1980


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