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September 16, 2013
Carolyn  Driedger, USGS 360-903-1450
Kyle Bustad, Pierce Co. DEM 253-282-7545
John  Schelling, Wash. EMD 253-512-7084

Media Advisory: Colombian and US Officials Meet to Save Lives Through Exchange

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — Officials from South America are helping to save lives in communities around Cascade Range volcanoes by sharing their expertise in a bi-national exchange that brings Colombian emergency managers and scientists to the Pacific Northwest, following a recent visit to Colombia by U.S. counterparts. 

U.S. and Colombian scientists, emergency managers, and first responders will speak about preparing for and managing disasters, and share some hard-earned advice about volcanic disasters, including the importance of monitoring volcanoes carefully, the necessity of clear communication between scientists and officials, and community preparedness.


Press briefing about bi-national exchange between the U.S. and Colombia, sharing knowledge to make communities more resilient to volcano hazards.



Key leadership from:

  • Cascades Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Geological Survey of Colombia
  • Washington Emergency Management Division
  • Pierce County Economic Development
  • Orting Valley Fire & Rescue



Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. PDT (immediately prior to the scheduled Pierce County District #18 Board of Commissioners' meeting)



Orting Multi-Purpose Center, 202 Washington Avenue South, Orting, WA.


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