The economic engine of the Pacific Northwest is fueled by our transportation, electricity, communication, liquid fuel, water and wastewater systems. Without these infrastructure lifelines, that engine would sputter and die.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our economy is the next Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake, which is expected to be a magnitude of 8.0, 9.0, or above. Unfortunately, our infrastructure lifelines weren't built to withstand a quake of that magnitude. Unless we take action now to make those lifelines more resilient, the damage will be so severe that those "lifelines" will take months and even years to repair.
Our mission is to increase the resiliency of our infrastructure lifelines, and reduce the time to recovery so that public and private organizations remain viable and the livelihoods of our families, friends, and neighbors are maintained.
We will accomplish this mission by organizing and leading teams of key stakeholders in the corporate, utility, government, university, media, and public sectors. The objective of these Lifeline Resilience Teams will be be to develop short- and long-term solutions and the necessary funding to increase the resilience of these critical infrastructure lifelines.
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