March 20, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Matthew Rainwater at 7:30am. Kevin Hoult led the flag salute.
Debbie Wheeler, nurse practitioner with new business.
Kaj moved to approve March 13 minutes, Peggy seconded. Motion passed.
Tax reform law talk by Rob Onnen on KONP today.
Vince Cook, Makah Tribe is hosting a small business fair at Neah Bay Community Hall, March 28.
Kaj reported on Chamber meeting: the new Maritime Festival is in June, rusting railings will need to be repaired, Chamber will offer advice on a future school levy.
NW Fox is hosting a “Ladies Night Out” to benefit United Way on Fri., March 23 @ 4pm.
Peggy Norris gave quote of the day.
With Jim McEntire’s resignation, Jack Glaubert has been nominated for board member. Rob Onnen moved to accept Jack as the replacement member of the board and George seconded. Motion passed.
Program: Jim Buck, Cascadia Rising
He will work with FEMA and National Guard to receive materials in Clallam County and went to Puerto Rico to learn isolation and recovery lessons. Not all military assets will be available to our County to help. We don’t have warehouse abilities, supplies will need to be brought from CA.
Puerto Rico is about the same size as Clallam & Jefferson Counties, 3.4M people vs. 101K, isolated by ocean like we are with the Canal, Hwy 101 & Cascades.
5 months later PR still has debris problems, trees & signs are still down and FEMA is still filling the role of local government and distributing food. Our power may be out for a year. We need a plan to safely clear our roads and bridges.
91% of power is now restored. Homes in the mountains are difficult to reach.
Housing for FEMA disaster workers was a barge.
Cat4 Hurricane vs. Earthquake (see slides).
They all had reinforced concrete safe houses to stay in during hurricanes but they underestimated the storm’s violence and had not prepared enough for the aftermath.
Maria was a major traumatic event still affecting mental health on the island. Planning for faith based and professional mental health services to deal with Cascadia will be essential.
Walgreens & Walmart set up temporary stores.
Puerto Rico lost 10% of their population to the US because of a lack of a way to rebuild.
Business is nowhere near normal, many still struggling to find supplies and work.
Comparison with Fukushima; they were prepared by still issues with tsunami and earthquake. In PR there are banking issues; generators for bank machines, difficulty with accounting. IOUs and barter are popular. Cash on hand should be part of your plan. Potable water supply is needed in the county. Joyce has a plan for water and shelter.
Kaj moved to extend the meeting 15 minutes, Jon seconded. Motion passed.
A 9.0 quake may feel like an 8.0 here on land.
How do you reach the community about this information? First step was the PDN insert as a partnership. Jim is teaching how to camp in our house and continues to make presentations around the county. It’s a step by step process here to educate people and get them involved. Volunteer Fireman Zechenelly was introduced. Gardiner to Deer Park is targeting shelter operations and the bet groups are faith based. They are good at managing cooking, we must take advantage of the strengths of these organizations.
PABA received a thank you letter from the WA Policy Center.
Mar 27: John Nutter, Airborne ECS
Apr 3: Mike Chapman, State Representative
Apr 10: Steve Tharinger, State Representative
Meeting adjourned at 8:40am.