Oregon, California, and British Columbia are all ahead of Washington state when it comes to schools, roads, and privately owned older buildings being ready to resist the shaking forces from an earthquake. That's the message Governor Jay Inslee is being given.
Inslee was presented with the information from his Resilient Washington Subcabinet. The subcabinet was charged to not only look at how well prepared the state is, but how quickly it can bounce back from a major earthquake event, hence the word resilience.
Topping the list was a discussion about schools. According to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which studies Washington's earthquake and tsunami hazards, only five of the state’s 39 counties have had an even moderate examination of earthquake risks to schools.