PORT ANGELES: Wednesday class will offer ideas for quake preparedness

A few simple steps — bracing chimneys or strapping down your water heater, for example — can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.

That’s the point of an emergency-preparedness class to be held Wednesday in the commissioners’ meeting room at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The two separate 90-minute sessions start at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The focus will be on how to reduce the impact of earthquakes, fires and other catastrophic incidents.

Making presentations will be officials from local fire departments, the city of Port Angeles and Clallam County, the North Peninsula Builders Association and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They will also answer questions.

Ron Crawford, an instructor at Peninsula College, will talk about Clallam County geology as it relates to earthquakes.

Emergency-management officials will also discuss basic supplies and equipment to have on hand for disasters.

Local authorities decided to hold the classes after the Feb. 28 earthquake.

Similar sessions may be held in Sequim or Forks if interest warrants, they said.

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