These past 10 days in Seattle have been very amazing. I learned so many things and I am having a lot of fun. I visited Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Chihuly Garden and Glass, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour and Seattle Aquarium. I even carved a pumpkin and ate pumpkin pie in celebration for Halloween. All of these events have been fun but what happens if an emergency situation takes place and I don’t have any preparation?
I was very honored to meet a lot of industry experts from Emergency Management Agency from King County, Renton, Gig Harbor and Camp Murray. I saw flood mitigation projects in the city of Lake Forest Park and a seismic retrofit of a Renton Fire Department building. Both of the projects showed the importance of building infrastructure to reduce the impact of disasters (ex flooding and earthquake). Furthermore, planning is an essential element to prepare for an emergency. I also learned that spreading the information about emergency and disaster and how to prepare for them are the keys to building a resilient community. Well..when disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed. So keep having fun and make sure you are prepared.