Kevin Decker, Coastal Economist
Western Washington is susceptible to a diverse range of natural hazards ranging from common threats such as coastal erosion and flooding to rare but potentially catastrophic events such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Local, state, federal and tribal governments have invested in hazard-related research and management, but planning and coordination remain limited.
Partnering with the Washington Department of Ecology, WSG has developed a statewide Coastal Hazards Resilience Network, with website, blog, Twitter feed and listserv, that connects researchers, agency experts, planners and communities. The network transfers research findings to communities, encourages incorporation of lessons learned into community planning, and facilitates more effective mitigation, response planning and community awareness.