On September 11, 2013 King County Executive Dow Constantine launched the "Resilient King County" initiative - a county-wide, two-year planning process for crafting a comprehensive long-term recovery strategy following a major earthquake or other catastrophe. This effort kicked off with a "Disaster Recovery - CEO Leadership Summit" attended by key representatives from the corporate and non-profit sectors. These community leaders discussed the impact a major disaster would have on the region and needed planning measures to ensure the continuity of our economy and diverse communities in the aftermath of a disaster.
The King County initiative follows on the Resilient Washington State report, written by the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee, which outlines ten recommendations for improving statewide resilience. King County will use a similar approach in determining specific recommendations for the development of the long-term recovery plan.