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By Michael D. Brown

ISBN-10: 1589794850

ISBN-13: 9781589794856

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We had no immediate danger to point to when making our request. We also knew that there were those politicians who felt that by naming a potential problem you had somehow caused it. However, we recognized that it was precisely because there was no immediate threat that we needed to do the work. People often assume that cities, states, and counties are prepared for catastrophic events. Law enforcement agencies have evacuation plans; though they are often planned in great detail they are quite limited.

The National Guard can be activated for military duty without the approval of the governor of the state. However, if the National Guard is not needed for its primary duty, it can be used within the state for rescue work, supplementing law enforcement, transporting critical materiel, and similar matters. Such use must be authorized by the governor, which is not a problem unless a state’s guard unit(s) has been deployed for action overseas. 46╇╇╇╇╇ D e a d l y I n d i f f e r e n c e We faced another problem.

Also important for our planning was the fact that all choices were events that were known to have occurred, albeit often in the distant past, and were likely to occur again. Our selection was based on many factors, including weather patterns and geological studies. Some events, such as a tsunami in the Northwest, are cyclical over hundreds or thousands of years. A Th e C i t y B u i l t U n d e r w a t e r ╇ ╇╇╇╇ 37 tsunami could start from movement under the Pacific Ocean and endanger the Washington/Oregon coastline.

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