This episode offers a dive into Alaska’s earthquake history, building code progress, resilience strategies, and much more with self-described rock nerd, Amanda Siok. Amanda is the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Volcano Program Manager for FEMA Region X in Seattle. Her perspectives on disaster safety through strong buildings and best practices offer a fresh take on our shared goals to create disaster-resilient communities.
About Amanda (00:35)
Geology: Science behind what creates and collapses beautiful areas and structures (1:31)
Natural Hazards: Work with communities, tribes, and governments to understand vulnerability (3:10)
Conditions: Logistical access issues in Alaska make it challenging to adapt, meet needs (4:53)
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes: Natural disasters/hazards shaped Alaska’s history (8:10)
1964 vs. 2018 Alaskan Earthquakes: Differences in magnitude, duration, and destruction (9:49)
Building Codes: Recipe for resilient construction, visual evidence to build it right the first time (13:30)
BRIC: FEMA encourages jurisdictions to adopt, implement, and enforce building codes (17:42)
Public/Private Partnerships: Communities come together to advance disaster resilience (22:06)
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