Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ)
A Joint FEMA-OEM Catastrophic Earthquake and Tsunami Functional Exercise June 2016
The Exercise Scenario
Science points to a large 8.0-9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake ripping across the 800-mile CSZ fault line on average once every 200 to 500 years. The last major CSZ earthquake and tsunami occurred in 1700. Recent subduction zone fault earthquakes around the world underscore the similar challenges we will face when the next CSZ earthquake and tsunami occurs in our region:
Conducting successful life-saving and life-sustaining response operations in the aftermath of a Cascadia Subduction Zone disaster will hinge on the effective coordination and integration of governments at all levels – cities, counties, state agencies, federal officials, the military, tribal nations – as well as non-government organizations and the private sector. One of the primary goals of Cascadia Rising is to train and test this whole community approach to complex disaster operations together as a joint team.
The culminating event will be a four-day functional exercise to occur June 7-10, 2016. Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers (EOC/ECCs) at all levels of government and the private sector will activate to coordinate simulated field response operations both within their jurisdictions and also with neighboring communities, state EOCs, FEMA, and major military commands.
Communications Academy Presentations
There are two Cascadia Rising presentations scheduled for Communications Academy on April 9-10. These will provide the latest information on the Cascadia Rising exercise and the amateur radio role.
“PLANNING FOR THE CASCADIA RISING EXERCISE” -- For ARES/RACES/ACS leaders including DEC’s, EC’s, RO, Regional RO’s, ACS team leaders, Government, Tribal, and NGO Emergency Managers.
“CASCADIA RISING CATASTROPHIC EARTHQUAKE DRILL JUNE 2016 - IS AMATEUR RADIO READY?"
The World's Most Dangerous Fault, Cascadia (Video 5:54)
Report makes chilling forecast on Northwest quake - Seattle Times article 3/14/2013After Nepal earthquake, people turn to ham radio - ARSTechnica 4/28/2015
The Really Big One - New Yorker 7/20/15
Seismic Neglect - Seattle Times 2016