The Pacific Northwest had the eruption of Mt. St. Helens August, 1982 and the landslide of Oso, Wa. March, 2014. Reminding everyone that very large disasters are inevitable. Every community should be prepared for the worst, it's not if, it's when.
Digging Deeper: Disaster Relief With Seaplanes
Read article in Seaplane Magazine here:http://seaplanemagazine.com/2016/02/11/digging-deeper-seaplanes-in-disaster-relief/
The Versatility Of Seaplanes In Disaster Relief – A Spotlight On EVAC/ ACA
Disaster relief by seaplanes and GA aircraft have been a topic for decades. For several years now, volunteer pilots in the Pacific Northwest have been organizing to be of service when the expected great earthquake occurs. Such an event would likely yield Tsunami’s and cause widespread destruction to some of the United States most beautiful landscape. In addition to the risk posed by tectonic movements, the area is also home to several active volcanoes which, if triggered to erupt, would cause massive need for disaster relief efforts.
Sky Terry – NW Regional Emergency Services Director with EVAC- Emergency Volunteer Air Corps is one of the people who contacted us, after our article about Civil Air Patrol’s Seaplane in Alaska went viral, thanks to Bryan Emerson’s great Guest Editorial. A good opportunity to stick with this topic and dig deeper, while putting a spotlight on some great initiatives undertaken by the aviation community in the PNW.
The first ever joint disaster exercise between the California based SCAPA/DART groups and WA State took place on April 25, 2015. In the end, the exercises involved multiple airports, simulating a disaster response that transported food as well as the simulated transport of injured people.
What was truly unique though was that there was transport food as part of this exercise that was donated at the final airport to a homeless food program.“To the best of my knowledge this is a historical first for a disaster drill to be combined with a food drive that did deliver food to a homeless program. So it brought a realism that hasn’t been done before. In Washington our local Lake Way Fred Meyers in Bellingham sponsored the first 100 lbs and through donations our state contributed about 380 lbs of food that went to California.” ~ Sky Terry