Disaster specialists plan ahead for local natural disasters

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 8:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane County is making every effort to keep citizens out of harms way. Disaster specialists sat down with members of the community on Wednesday to shed light on just how important prevention is before a big natural disaster.

"Know disaster before it strikes, " said Carol Baumann, GIS Analyst. "Know what you can do to prevent disaster before you're in the middle of it."

A government computer program called Hazuss tracks and assesses risk for every building in the county. The county then uses information from Hazuss to decide which projects need the most federal funding from FEMA.

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