emergency preparedness http://www.kplu.org en Worried about Flooding? There's an App for That in King County http://www.kplu.org/post/worried-about-flooding-theres-app-king-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">King County has <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/waterandland/flooding/warning-system/app.aspx" target="_blank">released an app </a>that puts flood warning information at residents' fingertips. The smartphone- and tablet-friendly app&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">displays real-time flooding information on major rivers in the county.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:03:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10788 at http://www.kplu.org Worried about Flooding? There's an App for That in King County National Weather Service Says Big Floods Likely This Winter http://www.kplu.org/post/national-weather-service-says-big-floods-likely-winter <p>November, which marks the start of flood season in the Northwest, is just around the corner. And the National Weather Service says there is&nbsp;<a href="http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=sew" target="_blank">high potential for rivers to burst their banks</a> from now through February.</p><p>This winter will bring what is known as a<a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/lot/2012-2013%20winter%20outlook%20for%20web.pdf">&nbsp;“neutral” weather pattern</a>; we won't see the milder El Ni<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">o</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nor the wetter, windier La </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ni</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this winter. But that hardly means we get a break. </span></p><p>A neutral winter can mean&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">trouble for those who live or work near flood plains in western Washington as</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;it brings the highest number of so-called “Pineapple Express” events during which an atmospheric river forms off the coast.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:50:24 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10738 at http://www.kplu.org National Weather Service Says Big Floods Likely This Winter Towers planned on Washington coast as tsunami safe havens http://www.kplu.org/post/towers-planned-washington-coast-tsunami-safe-havens <p>Twenty-nine towers, parking structures and elevated berms may be built on the Washington coast as emergency sites where people could ride out a tsunami.</p><p>The &quot;vertical elevation&quot; sites would be able to withstand a 30-foot wave and would be available to residents and tourists with a 30-minute warning.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:05:46 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1783 at http://www.kplu.org The Nisqually Earthquake: Ten Years After http://www.kplu.org/post/nisqually-earthquake-ten-years-after <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954708.mp3</p><p>Ten years ago today, the Puget Sound region was rocked by a powerful earthquake. The magnitude 6.8 quake brought down brick facades, damaged Seattle&rsquo;s waterfront viaduct and split the Capitol dome in Olympia. The ground shook for about 45 seconds and tremors were felt as far away as Salt Lake City. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:15:43 +0000 Liam Moriarty 880 at http://www.kplu.org The Nisqually Earthquake: Ten Years After