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October 2012

City of Vancouver Planning 101

The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month.

Held on 18 October, in recognition of National Community Planning Month, the City of Vancouver Planning 101 event provided attendees with an overview of the basic principles of urban planning and how they shape communities. Held at the Vancouver Community Library, attendees of the event included high school students; developers and realtors; a planning director from Canby, Oregon; environmental group leaders; neighborhood association leaders; a U.S. Coast Guard officer; City of Vancouver transportation staff; and interested community members.

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill Set for 18 October

Remember to "drop, cover, and hold on" to protect yourself during an earthquake.

What will you be doing at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, 18 October? If you are in the state of Washington, we hope you’ll be participating in the 2012 Great Washington ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill.

The ShakeOut has been organized to encourage residents to ready themselves and their loved ones in the event of an earthquake. This includes reviewing and updating emergency plans and supplies and securing spaces to prevent damage and injuries. It is important to remember that earthquakes can occur at any time in any place.

Advancing Research to Minimize Earthquake Damage

NEEShub is a vital resource in improving seismic design and performance of civil and mechanical infrastructure systems.

An earthquake can significantly impact individuals and communities by disrupting services that provide the basic needs of food, water, and shelter. The George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Stimulation (NEES) was established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance the research of improvements and innovations in infrastructure design and construction practices to prevent and minimize earthquake damage.

Preserving an Endangered Historic Property

Boys at Jesse Lee Home, ca. 1946-1955. Photo courtesy of Seward Community Library Association.

The Jesse Lee Home was established in Seward, Alaska, in 1924 as a boarding school for displaced, Alaskan children. For nearly 40 years, native and non-native youth alike were educated and nurtured at this school. When tuberculosis became a statewide epidemic, the Jesse Lee Home provided a safe place for many children who lost their parents or were exposed to tuberculosis.