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Preparedness moments to remember
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Preparedness moments to remember

By Julie Black
 
Emergency preparedness is critical to our success and survival. Past events remind us of our purpose, rekindle the importance of our work and inspire public health emergency preparedness process improvement.
 
August 29, 2013:
marks the eight-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s deconstruction of our nation’s Gulf Coast. The storm’s highest winds were in excess of 170 mph over water, more than 140 mph at landfall and sustained 125 mph over land. Katrina was the third deadliest hurricane in our nation’s history and cost $108 billion in repairs. (NOAA)
 
September 11, 2013:
is the 12-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center’s north and south towers, the Pentagon, and United Airlines’ Flight 93. A total of 2,996 lives were lost. One World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, was completed on May 10, 2013. It stands on the site of the lost towers and is now the third tallest building in the world. (World Trade Center)
 
October 13, 2013:
is the international day for natural disaster reduction. The International Day for Disaster Reduction is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction. The theme for 2013 is people with disabilities. (UNISDR)
 
October 17, 2013:
at 10:17a.m. is this year’s Great Oregon Shakeout earthquake preparedness drill.