The emergency-management plan for The Big One: "If you're reading this, you're SCREWED."If a big one, by that, the Big One oft predicted, oft feared to be 9 Richter Scale; strikes, how overwhelmed would the PNW medical communities be, considering Covid-19 as well?
During the interview, they noted that Seattle has higher priorities than mass evacuation planning. Moreover, Seattle must deal with moving people around bodies of water or mountain ranges that constrain transportation and limit the potential for evacuation routes. However, information presented in the interview identified a few impediments that may impact effective large-scale, mass evacuations from the Seattle area, including:
- Congestion - Based upon everyday congestion, Puget Sound officials know where their bottlenecks would constrain a mass evacuation.
- Limited Infrastructure - Although interviewees indicated known road bottlenecks would constrain a mass evacuation, interviewees suggested that building a roadway network large enough for a possible mass evacuation of the city would not constitute good fiscal stewardship since excess capacity would either be wasted, immediately filled with traffic from new development, or create negative environmental impacts from such construction in the area.
- Insufficient Responder Resources to Manage an Evacuation - Authorities noted that, even if they could accommodate a mass evacuation, they don't have the responder resources available to direct and manage a mass evacuation operation on the NHS roads.
Well, as long as they have money for free needles, I guess they're satisfiedThe emergency-management plan for The Big One: "If you're reading this, you're SCREWED."