The effects of a major earthquake in Kitsap County could be catastrophic. Mitigation strategies are particularly important. The MHMP has the background of earthquakes in Kitsap County. Descriptions of regional earthquakes, effects, and recent history of earthquakes are also included. The MHMP measures the probability of a major earthquake. You can also find the county’s earthquake vulnerability rating.
From the MHMP: “The risk rating for earthquakes is “high.” Damages are also considered “high.” An earthquake will affect the county’s infrastructure. A high rating means there is a strong potential for a disaster of major proportions in the next 25 years.”
Based on this rating, Kitsap County should do the following:
- Examine, test, and enforce effective building and zoning codes.
- Conduct public education on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
- Develop appropriate county and city government response plans.
- Exercise response plans.
Want details on county-level earthquake mitigation plans? Mitigation assessments for other threats and hazards? Please consult the 2019 MHMP (PDF). You can also email KCDEM for details.