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CITY TO HOST DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FORUM

Gig Harbor, WA. March 21, 2011; Disasters can strike at any time with devastating results, and the Gig Harbor area is not immune. What can area residents do to be better prepared for when disaster strikes? Join representatives of the Peninsula, Gig Harbor, and Islands Multi-Agency Coordinating Committee for an evening of information and conversation on personal, neighborhood, and community preparedness, April 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Gig Harbor City Council Chambers.

As recent news stories depict, earthquakes, tsunami’s, storms, and man-made hazards are an ever present threat. The Gig Harbor area has experienced such incidents in the past and will again in the future. While the City and its response partners around the region are prepared to work together for community recovery, the most effective actions are those that individuals take for themselves before the disaster strikes. This Disaster Preparedness Forum will look at the hazards confronting the area, recommended preparedness activities, and lessons learned from the latest disasters from around the world.

“Individual citizens are on the front line when disasters strike” Dick Bower, Gig Harbor’s Emergency Manager said. “If our citizens are well informed and prepared, with good working relationships between neighbors, our community will be in much better shape to recover from disasters”. “This forum will allow our citizens to speak directly with local experts on disaster preparedness and get their questions raised by the latest high-visibility disasters answered”. Bower continued.

The City wishes to encourage all interested parties to join us for this Disaster Preparedness Forum, April 12th, at 6:00. In the City Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor, WA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dick J. Bower, MS,CEM, ACO – Building/Fire Safety Dir.

City of Gig Harbor

Phone: 253.851.6170

Fax: 253.858.6408

bowerd@cityofgigharbor.net

www.cityofgigharbor.net