Hazard Planning Assistance and Training

Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist

Communities often struggle with certain aspects of planning and preparing for the natural hazards they face — notably accessing and assessing the often confusing or conflicting scientific materials that describe these risks. WSG works with local agencies to offer training and technical assistance to build community resilience and adaptive capacity.

WSG offers National Disaster Preparedness Training Center courses on flood-risk reduction, conducts applied research on ways to improve coastal resilience, and works one-on-one with communities to address their risk-management needs. As an example, WSG is working with Clallam County to review and summarize available published literature on the impacts to coastal bluffs associated with tsunamis.

Most tsunami inundation maps are elevation-based, and tall coastal bluffs are not identified as hazard zones. However, emergency managers suspect that bluff-top homes and infrastructure may be at risk, and they are therefore interested in incorporating these into their hazard planning. WSG also trains the U.S. Coast Guard and the Puget Sound Pilots on tsunami risk. WSG staff work with coastal communities to incorporate resilience and climate change into local hazard mitigation plans and are working to complete a Homeowner’s Handbook on Natural Hazards for Puget Sound-area residents.

Read more about Ian Miller’s hazard planning work.