I did a google search for hazards in Juneau and it brought up the City and Borough of Juneau Emergency Management. It showed all of the Juneau hazards – avalanches, earthquakes, severe weather, landslides, tsunamis and seiches, floods, and fire. Each hazard has a link to a page that describes the hazard and how often it occurs in Juneau along with what an individual can do to help themselves in the event they find themselves in this hazard or how to prepare for the hazard.
I also found the 2016 Emergency Operations Plan that designates the emergency organization chart, command and duties of each person. I found the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan as well as the Avalanche Response Plan. There are also maps showing the location of the hazards such as landslides, avalanches, floods and earthquakes hazards in Juneau and surrounding areas.
Although the Emergency Operations Plan is from 2016, the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is from 2009. Although, areas for disaster probably don’t change that much in 9 years, I think as technologies have improved over the years that we could probably benefit from a more updated version of this plan. I did find where the Juneau Borough along with FEMA are revising the Flood Hazards Zone map for the area. Some areas are removing the flood zone while others are adding the flood zone to a particular area. I think with the changes due to erosion, the landslide and avalanche areas may need to be updated as well. I also found a paper written by the Earthquake Center at UAF in 2017 that talked about the new threats from a tsunami for the Juneau area. This could signify that the emergency plans could be updated to be more useful.
Since moving to Juneau, I have wondered about such things as an evacuation plan or route and have learned through this research that Juneau does not have a tsunami evacuation route or plan. What I found said that the tsunami risk was too low to warrant having an evacuation route or plan. The risk of a local tsunami would be more of a risk than one coming across the ocean to Juneau. Knowing where to go in the event that a tsunami occurs would be beneficial to the community. While our home is not in an area at risk, we work in areas close to the Gastineau Channel where there is a risk of this occurring. Knowing where we should go in this event would make me feel better about the tsunami risks. The Kodiak earthquake sent out a tsunami warning to the Juneau area. While it was quickly cancelled, it makes you think of the “what if” scenario and the need to be prepared for all emergencies.