Inslee issues directive on earthquake, tsunami response
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee is directing several state agencies to work together to prepare for a coordinated plan in case of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Friday's directive creates a subcabinet group of the Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division to work with several state agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health, ``to identify data and information gaps that hinder preparedness and response plans.'' The group will work on a public education plan and will develop actions to coordinate across state agencies and with federal partners to improve response time.