Resilient King CountyOn 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 recently published 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.
Read the 2013 CEO Summit Report.
News Article: Disaster Recovery - CEO Leadership Summit
Read the 2014 Resilient King County White Paper.
Long Term Disaster Recovery Plan - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Recovery?
Recovery is defined as the capabilities necessary to assist communities to come back effectively from a catastrophe. These capabilities include:
- Rebuilding infrastructure systems
- Providing long-term housing
- Restoring health and social services
- Promoting economic development
- Restoring natural and cultural resources
How does Recovery differ from other Emergency Management responsibilities?
When most people think of emergency management, they think about preparedness, mitigation and response. Planning for long-term recovery is different. It provides an opportunity for us to re-consider past policy and investment choices, to shape the built, natural and human environments that will enable our recovery, and to foster the swiftest return to prosperity and the quality of life we cherish.
Why is King County government focused on Recovery?
Recent disasters have created urgency amonth King County government and other leaders to come up with a comprehensive long-term strategy for reviving our community when a catastrophic event occurs. Implementation of lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and other catastrophes have been slow to materialize. We can and should do better.
How does this initiative tie in with other existing and developing efforts?
The intent of the Resilient King County initiative is to take into consideration and be compatible with a number of existing and developing frameworks, including the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), Resilient Washington State, and other local recovery efforts..
What are the next stages of this process?
The Resilient King County initiative will consist of three operational workshops, a public town hall, and a final summit. Findings from the initiative will be synthesized into a final Resilient King County report. This report will be used to develop King County's regional long-term recovery plan.