A Safety Day presentation to Snohomish County PUD.
Back in August 2020 I had the opportunity to give a keynote presentation "virtually" to staff at Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD).
Their Safety Day event is held annually, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was a virtual event. You can watch my presentation here: "No One Is Coming to Help."
My emphasis on this aspect is the belief by average citizens that they will be able to call 911 and first responders will arrive to help them. It is true for everyday emergencies, but not for large-scale disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes. I point out that this is especially true for earthquakes, which I call "Come as you are disasters!" FEMA and the full gamut of federal resources are not going to be pre-staged for that event. It will take many days for them to gear up and then arrive in the disaster zone, with the logistics of moving people, supplies and equipment being hindered by a damaged transportation system.
Note that Washington state and Oregon's standard for individual and family preparedness is not three days, but two weeks!