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  • Army Corps' temporary berm at SR530
    Army Corps' temporary berm at SR530 (3.12 MB)
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has completed construction of a temporary berm in the SR530 slide area. The 3,000-linear-foot berm, made from 20,000 tons of rock, gravel and earthen materials, was constructed in a week under difficult conditions. Though the length of the berm is complete, efforts are now focused on raising it an additional foot ahead of predicted heavy rainfall. The additional height is expected to help reduce potential flooding risks. The Corps is maintaining close coordination and communication with Snohomish County officials as recovery workers continue to search the area.
  • FEMA Disaster Search Dogs Bayou & Hugo
    FEMA Disaster Search Dogs Bayou & Hugo (159.97 KB)
    National Search and Rescue canine teams play a critical role in locating slide victims, even those buried deep in rubble. Teams from all over the western U.S. are helping with search.
  • Working the Oso Landslide
    Working the Oso Landslide (4.47 MB)
    Snohomish County: Rescue workers continue to work through mud on the west side of the Oso Mudslide on State Route 530 on March 26. Washington Air National Guard members partnered with the civilian volunteers in the search. (Washington Air National Guard Photo/Maj. Tawny Dotson)
  • Alert & Warning Center busy in 2013
    Alert & Warning Center busy in 2013 (94.17 KB)
    Working out of the state’s 24/7 Alert & Warning Center at Camp Murray, Wash., Earl Dickey (left) and Jim Kadrmas keep the home fires burning in 2014. They are two of the state’s ten State Emergency Operations Officers, or SEOOs, who handled 4,803 missions last year. See story “Alert & Warning Center busy in 2013.”
  • Target rewards ShakeOut schools
    Target rewards ShakeOut schools (109.62 KB)
    See what these third-graders and their principal are celebrating in the story below, "The Great Washington ShakeOut goes to school." Photo by Linda Davis, Life Christian Academy.
  • Tsunami siren
    Tsunami siren (744.06 KB)
    Tsunami warning sirens will be activated on the outer coast as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 17.
  • DSCN0387.JPG
    DSCN0387.JPG (1.92 MB)
    US Highway 12 over White Pass remains closed due to a washout that occurred Oct. 1. Crews are assessing damage and repair options. For more information, go to .
  • Quake damaged road
    Quake damaged road (238.26 KB)
    Geology and Earth Sciences photo, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
  • InciWeb-photo-Colockum-2013_07_30-23_07_42_178-CDT.jpg
    InciWeb-photo-Colockum-2013_07_30-23_07_42_178-CDT.jpg (6.29 KB)
    GETTING THE DROP: Firefighters on the Colockum Tarps Wildfire in Kittitas County get a hand from a helicopter offloading a bucket of water. Through July 31, the fire had burned 72,000 acres and was 25% contained. [InciWeb photo—http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3567/ ]
  • 25MileFire2.jpg
    25MileFire2.jpg (196.9 KB)
    Red Flag Warning indicate weather conditions are very dry, with low humidity and high, erratic winds - conditions that contribute to high fire danger. The Department of Natural Resources blog entitled Red Flag Warning should not be taken lightly describes fire weather conditions and provides resources for wildfire information. (Photo from 25 Mile Fire in Chelan County, courtesy Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 4)
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